Powerful earthquake triggers tsunami in western Indonesia

September 12, 2007 14:46


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A massive earthquake killed at least 10 people, injured scores and triggered a small tsunami in western Indonesia on Wednesday, authorities said. Warnings of potentially destructive waves were issued across the Indian Ocean region. The 8.2-magnitude quake off Sumatra island damaged malls, mosques and car dealerships along the coast and could be felt in at least four countries, with tall buildings swaying as far as 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) away. It was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks, including a magnitude-6.6 quake that briefly triggered a second tsunami alert in Indonesia, said Suhardjono, a senior official at the local meteorological agency. At least seven people were killed in the town of Bengkulu and surrounding areas, Social Affairs Department official Felix Valentino told the news portal detik.com. In Padang, 400 kilometers (240 miles) away, three bodies were pulled from badly damaged buildings, a witness said.

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