Wednesday, 30 September 2009

New quake hits Sumatra

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7 has hit Sumatra, a day after another powerful quake devastated much of the Indonesian island.

The first earthquake struck at 1716 local time (1016 GMT) on Wednesday, some 85km (55 miles) under the sea, north-west of Padang.

The second quake was on land and struck at 0852 local time on (0152 GMT) on Thursday, about 225km (95 miles) south-east of Padang at a depth of about 25km (15.5 miles).

Officials now say at least 200 bodies have been found from the earlier 7.6 magnitude quake, which triggered landslides and cut power lines.

BBC News
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