At least 102 people were killed, including young children, and 136 seriously injured, according to Indonesia’s Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency.
The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake damaged homes, shops and mosques in the district of Pidie Jaya, completely destroying hundreds of structures.
Additional medical personnel have gone to the region after the Pidie Jaya hospital was damaged in the quake, which struck as residents were preparing for early morning prayers.
‘We have to move so fast to save them’
Speaking in Jakarta, National Board for Disaster Management spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll could still rise.
“Now our priority is the search and rescue operation. We have to move so fast to save them,” Sutopo said.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered immediate assistance to be sent to Aceh in the wake of the earthquake.
No tsunami warning issued
No tsunami warnings or advisories were issued. The quake’s epicenter was 12 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of the town of Sigli in Aceh province.
Despite the lack of a tsunami warning, Sutopo said some residents fled to safety in the hills after the quake. “They are still traumatized by the last big earthquake and tsunami in 2004,” he said.
Source : CNN
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