Quake hits Indonesia

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra Tuesday, killing at least 70 people.

BY HEATHER MOYER | SUMATRA, Indonesia | March 6, 2007


A burned out car sits on the side of the road on the La Jolla reservation.
Credit: P.J. Heller

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra Tuesday, killing at least 70 people.

The quake knocked down houses and businesses along the western coast of the island. The quake's epicenter was 35 miles north of the city of Padang, but reports are that the small town of Solok was particularly hard hit. Emergency responders expect the death toll to rise as they search the rubble. Local hospitals report that they are taking in hundreds of injured residents.

Powerful aftershocks also hit the region, including a magnitude 6.1 and a magnitude 4.9. Residents in Singapore and Malaysia report feeling the quakes as well. There was no risk of a tsunami.

A Lutheran World Relief spokesperson said they have contacted their local partner organizations and are assessing the situation to determine a local response.


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