Thursday 23 November 2017

Indonesia quake death toll at 22

Twenty two people were killed after a strong earthquake hit Aceh province in Indonesia
Twenty two people were killed after a strong earthquake hit Aceh province in Indonesia

Indonesian authorities say the death toll from a strong earthquake in a western province has risen to 22.

The magnitude-6.1 quake injured more than 200 other people and damaged more than 1,500 houses and buildings in Aceh province.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said 12 people were killed and 70 others were injured by a landslide or collapsing buildings in the worst-hit area of Bener Meriah.

He said 10 more people were killed and 140 injured in neighbouring Central Aceh district, where about 1,500 houses and buildings were damaged.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean.

In 2004, a magnitude-9.1 earthquake off Aceh triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 14 countries.

Press Association

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