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Old 04-Jan-2009
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JAKARTA, Indonesia -A major earthquake struck Sunday near the north coast of West Papua, Indonesia, killing at least four, a government official said.
The magnitude-7.6 tremblor occurred about 4:43 a.m. (2:43 p.m. Saturday ET), about 95 miles (150 kilometers) west-northwest of Manokwari and about 105 miles (170 kilometers) east-northeast of Sorong, two cities in the Indonesian province of West Papua.
Two hotels collapsed in West Papua's Manokwari, killing at least four and injuring five others, said Untung Sarosa, spokesman for the National Disaster Coordinating Agency. Rescuers were sifting through the rubble, but it wasn't clear whether other victims were trapped.
Dozens of military personnel were called up for rescue operations, Untung said.
The quake was centered at a depth of 21.7 miles (35 kilometers).
A tsunami warning was initially issued but lifted within an hour of the quake

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