At least 10 dead after dozens of buildings collapse in 6.5 magnitude earthquake near Banda Aceh

08-Dec-2016 Intellasia | 9news | 8:48 AM Print This Post

At least 18 people are dead and dozens feared trapped in rubble after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

“Eighteen have died so far, based on data from the hospital. Some of the fatalities are children,” Said Mulyadi, deputy district chief of Pidie Jaya, the region hit hardest by the quake, told AFP.

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At least 18 people are dead and dozens feared trapped in rubble after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

“Eighteen have died so far, based on data from the hospital. Some of the fatalities are children,” Said Mulyadi, deputy district chief of Pidie Jaya, the region hit hardest by the quake, told AFP.

(AFP)

Social media images showed buildings reduced to rubble, fallen electricity poles, and people gathering outside at street corners.

A local disaster official has told local MetroTV that a woman and her two children were killed in Pidie Jaya, south west of the epicentre.

He says several mosques in Pidie Jaya collapsed as well as stores, houses and other buildings and heavy equipment has been deployed in the search for survivors.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of 17.2 km (11 miles) on Aceh’s northeastern coast. No tsunami warning was issued.

At least five aftershocks were felt in the hours after the initial quake, the disaster management agency said.

The region suffered massive destruction in 2004 when a quake of magnitude 9.2 triggered a tsunami that wiped out entire communities in Indonesia and other countries around the Indian Ocean.

Indonesia was the hardest hit, with more than 120,000 people killed in Aceh alone.

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