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Indonesia: Earthquake Kills 22 And Hurts 200

03 Jul 2013

The magnitude-6.1 quake damaged more than 1,500 houses and buildings in Aceh province. Sutopo Purwo Nugroho of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said 12 people were killed and 70 others were injured by a landslide or collapsing buildings in the worst-hit area of Bener Meriah.10 more people were killed and 140 injured in the neighbouring Central Aceh district, where around 1,500 houses and buildings were damaged.Bener Meriah deputy district chief Rusli Saleh said rescuers continued to look for people trapped in the debris. The quake also caused concern among officials attending a meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Medan, the capital of neighboring North Sumatra province. They were escorted from the second-floor meeting room by security officers. Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean. In 2004, a magnitude-9.1 earthquake off Aceh triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in 14 countries.