Strong earthquake killed at least 97 in Indonesia

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Many people had been injured. The local hospital in Pidie Jaya was damaged, and survivors are being sent to Banda Aceh for treatment. Emergency services are still searching the damaged buildings for more victims and survivors. “The earthquake was felt strongly and many people panicked and rushed outdoors as houses collapsed,” Sutopo Nugroho of the National Disaster Management Agency said. Indonesian meteorological, climatology and geophysical agency BMKG recorded five aftershocks within 30 minutes of the initial earthquake. The military has deployed hundreds personnel to Aceh. There was no tsunami threat. Twelve years ago, the region was devastated by what is believed to be the deadliest tsunami in history. The quake could have been felt by people as far as 836 kilometers away, according to Geoscience Australia.

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