6.5 magnitude earthquake rocks Indonesia, killing dozens of people.

On Wednesday, a strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Aceh province killing 41 people and causing the buildings to collapse. A rescue team involved dozens of villagers, soldiers and police was underway in Meureudu, badly affected town in Pidie Jaya district. The excavators were removing the rubbish from the shop where it was believed that three people were buried, says Suyatno, who heads Aceh’s search and rescue agency.

Aiyub Abbas, District chief says that hundreds of people have been injured in the district and more than 40 building including mosques, stores and homes were flattened. This district is located 18 kilometers southwest from the epicenter. “25 people have been killed in that district”, says Abbas. A local health office sais that among the 25 were eight children. Abbas said that were the immediarte need for excavation equipment to move the debris and emergency debris.

The US Geological Survey said the shallow was 6.5 magnitude that was struck at 5:03 a.m.(2203 GMT Tuesday) that was centerd about 10 kilometers north of Reuleut which is a town in northern Aceh at a depth of 17 kilometers and there was no risk of the tsunami.

In the district of Bireuen, a teacher at an Islamic school died after being hit by falling debris, said Achmad Taufiq, a health worker. Taufiq says that 20 people have been treated at the health center and one person has been moved to the hospital as he has broken his bone and injured himself more.

Indioneasi is prone to the earthquake as it round the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a huge earthquake was off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. More than 160,000 people have died in Indonesia alone, and most of those deaths occur in Aceh.





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