Violent quake rocks Indonesia

A deadly earthquake killed more than 2,900 people and injured thousands of others in central Indonesia early Saturday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | May 27, 2006


A deadly earthquake killed more than 2,900 people and injured thousands of others in central Indonesia early Saturday. Emergency officials are describing it as the country's worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami.

Because the temblor struck around dawn, as people slept, the death toll was higher.

The quake - magnitude 6.2 - struck near the city of Yogyakarta, some 250 miles east of Jakarta. Hotels and buildings in the area were collapsed. Roads and bridges were obstructed, making it difficult to transport injured people from the area. Hospitals were overwhelmed with injured people. Most phone lines were down.

The quake also cracked the runway in Yogyakarta's airport, and the airport will likely be closed until Sunday.

The quake's epicenter was close to Mount Merapi, which has been rumbling for weeks. There was no danger of a tsunami, though rumors of one sent thousands of people fleeing to higher ground.

Action by Churches Together (ACT) reported it was in contact with local staff and with local member partners. Church World Service (CWS), along with other ACT members, sent representatives to the affected areas. CWS was assessing needs and preparing to distribute emergency relief supplies.

Many other U.S.-based disaster response groups have a strong presence in Indonesia as they help residents make a long-term recovery from the 2004 tsunami.


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