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Dozens dead after earthquake hits northern Sumatra, Indonesia

December 7, 2016

 

Jakarta: Dozens of people have died, including three toddlers, and several more have been injured after shops and houses collapsed in the Indonesian province of Aceh after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck at 5am (9am AEDT) on Wednesday.

In Pidie Jaya regency alone, 125 houses and 14 mosques collapsed and several roads were riven apart.

“The earthquake was felt strongly and many people panicked and rushed outdoors as houses collapsed,” Sutopo Nugroho of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said.

“Our focus right now is searching for people trapped under the collapsed buildings,” he said.

Rescuers carry a body bag containing a victim recovered from a building that collapsed after the earthquake.

Rescuers carry a body bag containing a victim recovered from a building that collapsed after the earthquake. Photo: AP

“The number of victims may increase because they are trapped under debris.”

Several people were trapped in the rubble and were being evacuated using heavy machinery according to the head of Aceh Indonesia Red Cross, Rudianto, who is known by only one name.

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Rudianto told Fairfax Media tens of people had been injured but the exact figure was as yet unknown. He said the focus was on evacuating people from collapsed buildings, where it was assumed more people would be found dead.

“Some buildings have been completely flattened,” he said.

Body bags at Piddie Jaya district hospital after Wednesday's earthquake.

The military commander of Aceh, Major General Tatang Sulaiman said 97 people had been killed from four districts in Pidie Jaya regency.

Earlier, the deputy regent of Pidie Jaya, Said Mulyadi, said the death toll was climbing quickly.

The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported injuries and damage, including a crumpled mosque.

The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported injuries and damage, including a crumpled mosque. Photo: BNPB/Twitter

“I am in the hospital now. We are sending the urgent cases to other hospitals [outside Pidie Jaya]. We can’t treat them here. We have more heavy machinery coming to help evacuate,” he said earlier in the day.

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A patient is treated at Piddie Jaya.

A patient is treated at Piddie Jaya.  Photo: Taufiq

The Aceh Tribun News reported that a four-storey building had collapsed and a petrol station had been destroyed.

Indonesian meteorological, climatology and geophysical agency BMKG recorded five aftershocks within 30 minutes of the initial earthquake.

Rescuers use heavy machines to search for survivors under the rubble in Pidie Jaya.

Rescuers use heavy machines to search for survivors under the rubble in Pidie Jaya. Photo: AP

The strong undersea earthquake rocked Aceh province, on the north-west tip of Sumatra island. The US Geological Survey said it was centred about 20 kilometres north off Reuleut and 92 kilometres south of Banda Aceh, at a revised depth of 8.2 kilometres.

The military has deployed 740 personnel to Aceh.

A victim is treated after Wednesday's earthquake.

A victim is treated after Wednesday’s earthquake. Photo: BNPB/Twitter

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he would decide whether to go to the area after an afternoon cabinet meeting to discuss the government’s response plan.

Indonesia’s Climate Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said the quake had no potential to trigger a tsunami in the local area. There was no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland.

Heavy equipment cleans up a petrol station coffee shop where 10 people were thought to be trapped.

Heavy equipment cleans up a petrol station coffee shop where 10 people were thought to be trapped. Photo: Twitter/@IloveAceh

The world’s largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

About 148.4 million Indonesians live in earthquake prone areas.

The quake could have been felt by people as far as 836 kilometres away, according to Geoscience Australia, and its damage could stretch as far as 67 kilometres from the epicentre.

Damage from the quake could stretch as far as 67km from the epicentre. Damage from the quake could stretch as far as 67km from the epicentre. Photo: Geoscience Australia

Twelve years ago, the region was devastated by what is believed to be the deadliest tsunami in history.

On Boxing Day 2004, 170,000 people died in Indonesia after a 9.1-magnitude quake struck off the northern tip of Sumatra, lasting for nearly 10 minutes, triggering the tsunami.

That quake caused the earth to vibrate up to one centimetre, displacing an estimated 30 cubic kilometres of water and unleashing a massive tsunami across the Indian Ocean.

Waves of up to 10 metres were recorded as the tsunami swept through Aceh, the hardest-hit region.

The tsunami also killed 35,000 people in Sri Lanka, 18,000 in India and 8000 in Thailand.

with Karuni Rompies, Reuters

http://www.smh.com.au/world/earthquake-hits-near-banda-aceh-indonesia-20161206-gt5jzn.html

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