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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Strong Quake Hits West Indonesia; at Least 1 Dead

Article via The Jakarta Globe, excerpt :

" A powerful earthquake jolted the western Indonesian island of Sumatra early Tuesday, killing a 12-year-old boy and sending people streaming from their houses and hotels in panic. There was no threat of a tsunami.

Hundreds of patients from at least one hospital had to be evacuated, some in wheelchairs or with infusion drips still attached to their arms.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.6 quake was centered 100 kilometers southwest of the city of Medan at a depth of 110 kilometers.

It was too far inland, however, to generate a tsunami.

The temblor hit at about 1 a.m., rattling people from their sleep in towns and villages across the island’s northern tip.

Maura Sakti, a mayor in Subulussalam, told the local station TVOne that a 12-year-old boy had been killed. He had no other details about injuries or damage.

Residents in Singkil, nearer to the quake’s epicenter, said some electricity poles were knocked down, crashing into homes and causing blackouts."

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