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Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits near Banda Aceh, Indonesia

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At least 18 people have died and several more have been injured after shops and houses collapsed in the Indonesian province of Aceh after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck at 5am (9am AEDT) on Wednesday.

At least one person was killed after a 6.5-magnitude quake struck near the Indonesian town of Banda Aceh on Wednesday (Dec 7), but authorities said there was no danger of a tsunami.

Dozens of buildings have also collapsed in the northern province of Aceh, with injuries reported and people trapped under rubble. 

The USGS upgraded the magnitude to 6.5 from an initial reading of 6.4 and issued a yellow alert for expected fatalities and damage.

"The earthquake was felt strongly and many people panicked and rushed outdoors as houses collapsed," Sutopo Nugroho of the national disaster management agency (BNPB) said in a statement, adding that few injuries, and no deaths, had been reported.

Social media images showed buildings reduced to rubble, fallen electricity poles, and people gathering outside at street corners.

District official Apriadi Achmad said that an elderly man had died, possibly from a heart attack, and there were fears for dozens believed to be trapped inside damaged homes.

"Several shophouses and homes have caved in in Pidie Jaya district and the owners are still trapped there," Achmad, chief of the local disaster management office, told AFP.

"We are now deploying heavy machines to help out and hopefully we can save the ones who are trapped," he said.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/1-dead-in-aceh-as-magnitude-6-4-quake-hits-indonesia/3348032.html

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3dbu    161

Give all my solidarity for Indonesian people, really love Indonesia i was there in Bogor and Jakarta in 2013, regards 

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