A strong and shallow earthquake hit the eastern Indonesian island of Sulawesi early today, officials said.
There were no immediate reports of injuries, but several homes were damaged.
The US Geological Survey put the preliminary magnitude of the quake at 6.2 and said it was centred 5 kilometres southeast of the town of Kendari at a depth of 9 kilometres.
Residents in the town said they felt the earth shaking violently beneath their feet.
Several houses were damaged, though it was not immediately clear how badly.
Indonesia is located on the Pacific 'Ring of Fire', an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
New Zealand has had two massive earthquakes in the city of Christchurch in recent months. They feel concern for any threats to their neighbours by an angry Mother Nature.
Acknowledgements: - AP