Indonesia earthquake: At least 52 killed in Aceh province
Wed 7th Dec 2016 03:12:39 PM
At least 52 people have died on Wednesday when an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck off the coast of Indonesia, U.S. Geological Survey and other soruces reported.
It was reported by Indonesia’s national disaster mitigation agency that 78 people have suffered serious injuries and dozens of people were still trapped in collapsed and damaged buildings.
The quake damaged many homes, shops and mosques in the district of Pidie Jaya, some of which has been completely destroyed.
It was struck around 5 am when many residents were preparing for early morning prayers.
No tsunami warnings or advisories were issued. The epicenter was 12 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of the town of Sigil in Aceh provice.
The quake was another terrifying reminder of the region’s vulnerability to natural disasters.
In 2004, an earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami which killed more than 10,000 people in Aceh.
“It was very bad, the tremors felt even stronger than 2004 earthquake,” said Musman Aziz, a Meureudu resident.
President Joko Jokowi Widodo ordered all government agencies to take part in the rescue efforts.
Aceh is prone to earthquake since it lies on the northern tip of Sumatra Island.
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.