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Earthquakes force thousands into refugee camps

THOUSANDS of frightened residents flooded makeshift refugee camps in Indonesia's West Papua province today after two powerful earthquakes flattened buildings and killed at least one person.

Residents camped out in yards and streets outside their homes, and there were some 14,000 refugees across the province, many of whom had fled to higher ground, officials said.

"For the time being there are 14,000 refugees," Governor Abraham Atururi said, adding that 17 camps had been set up for the displaced in the provincial capital Manokwari.

As aid started to arrive, hundreds of aftershocks continued to rattle the coastal city which was hit by the 7.6 and 7.5 magnitude quakes early on Sunday, cutting power and prompting a brief tsunami warning.

Atururi said a 10-year-old girl was killed and at least 40 people were injured in the earthquakes, which rekindled bitter memories of similar de

Added: Jan-5-2009 
By: Pro-Logical
Tags: Earthquake, Swarm, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Tsunami, Volcanic Eruption, Volcano, State of Emergency, Yellowstone National Park,
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