Indonesian Quake Toll Rises to 218

From Associated Press

Hundreds of aftershocks, including two strong earthquakes, hit Indonesia's Java and Bali islands Saturday as the death toll from high ocean waves triggered by a quake the previous day climbed to 218.

No immediate reports of casualties or damage from the latest tremors were available, meteorological officials said.

One of Saturday's strong aftershocks registered a preliminary magnitude of 6.0, meteorological official Abdul Gafur said. A second measured 4.8, and more than 400 smaller aftershocks also hit the region, he said.

Friday's pre-dawn quake had a surface-wave magnitude of 7.2, according to the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo. Surface-wave magnitude is based on an analysis of seismic waves that travel along the Earth's surface.

The quake did not cause major damage itself, but it created 20-foot-high waves that crashed into sleeping coastal villages on Indonesia's main island of Java.

Most of the victims were fish vendors in the coastal district of Pesanggrahan in Banyuwangi.

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