Indonesian Sulawesi earthquake causes 8.5 mln USD in damage

Other News Materials 13 February 2009 08:33 (UTC +04:00)

The 7.4-magnitude earthquake that hit Talaud Islands regency in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Thursday has caused property losses amounting to at least 100 billion rupiah (about 8.5 million dollars), said the regency's spokesman Ishak Tamaroba quoted by the Jakarta Post on Friday.

"At least 560 houses are heavily damaged and 320 others lightly damaged," said Ishak, adding that the regent's main seaport was also damaged.

He said that the local government provided at least 500 homeless people a shelter at the regent's office, while leaving the others to set up tents on hills, Xinhua reported.