In­done­sian earth­quake dam­ages build­ings

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

PADANG—A pow­er­ful earth­quake off In­done­sia’s Su­ma­tra is­land on Thurs­day sent pan­icked peo­ple flee­ing for higher ground and left eight peo­ple in­jured and scores of build­ings dam­aged.

The 6.5-mag­ni­tude quake hit around dawn, wak­ing up res­i­dents of the ma­jor port city Padang on Su­ma­tra’s west coast and send­ing them run­ning from their homes.

No tsunami warn­ing was is­sued af­ter the tremor, which struck around 140 kilo­me­tres (90 miles) from Padang, ac­cord­ing to the US Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey.

In Padang two peo­ple were se­ri­ously in­jured by fall­ing de­bris, said dis­as­ter agency spokesman Su­topo Purwo Nu­groho. He said in a nearby district six peo­ple were in­jured, while 54 houses and a hospi­tal suf­fered mostly light dam­age around the re­gion. An 80-year-old man died of a heart at­tack in Padang fol­low­ing the quake, but it was not clear if his death was linked to the tremor, Nu­groho said.

Ade Nelvi, a woman liv­ing in Padang, said she was wo­ken by the tremor. “It was strong and my house was shak­ing, so I ran to my kids’ bed­room to wake them up and we ran out of the house,” she said.

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