Deaths as earthquake hits Sumatra

Magnitude 6.3 tremor causes panic and power cuts but no injuries were reported.

    Hundreds of thousands of people have died in earthquakes in Indonesia [EPA]

    The quake was also felt in Malaysia and in Singapore, 430km from the epicentre, where some office buildings were evacuated.
     
    Sergeant Gunawaman, a police spokesman, said no injuries were reported but the damage could be extensive, with at least one collapsed building.
     
    "Everything in my house fell down... a cabinet hit me," said Rahma Nurjana, a Padang resident.
     
    "My neighbour's house collapsed."
     
    The Indonesian archipelago sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire where continental plates meet, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.
     
    In December 2004, a massive earthquake struck off Sumatra triggering a devastating tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people, including 131,000 people in the Aceh province alone.
     
    A tsunami off Java island last year killed nearly 5,000.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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