Powerful earthquakes shake Indonesian coast, kill 2 people

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June 16, 2010 -- Updated 1008 GMT (1808 HKT)

Powerful earthquakes shake Indonesia


NEW: More than 400 homes damaged in the quakes

Two dead in earthquakes

Largest quake was a magnitude 7.0

Quakes were clustered within 90 kilometers of each other

(CNN) -- A power string of six earthquakes shook the northern coast of Papua, Indonesia, Wednesday, killing at least two people and causing widespread damage on Yapen Island, officials said.

"We don't know how bad it is yet, but we have received reports that 200 houses on the coast line were damaged and 227 others were in town," according to Papua police spokesman Wachyono, who goes by a single name. The national disaster coordinating agency will be sending a team to assess the situation, he said.

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