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Tsunami Strikes Java

An earthquake off Indonesia generated a two-metre high tsunami that has killed at least 86 people at a beach resort on the Indian Ocean coast.

The death toll is expected to rise & dozens are still missing. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia said a search was continuing for people believed to have been swept away.

Yesterday's earthquake, rated at between 7.2 & 7.7 on the Richter scale, provoked an alert by the Pacific tsunami warning centre in Hawaii, which said that waves could hit Indonesia's Java & Sumatra islands, as well as Christmas & the Cocos islands, which belong to Australia.

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