Five dead in Wednesday's Indonesia quake - official

JAKARTA Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:21pm IST

Residents gather at Sibigo bay to see water recede after an earthquake hit, on Indonesia's island of Simeulue off Aceh's southern coast April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Ahmadi

Residents gather at Sibigo bay to see water recede after an earthquake hit, on Indonesia's island of Simeulue off Aceh's southern coast April 11, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Ahmadi

Related Topics

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Five people were killed and a child was critically injured when a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of northern Indonesia on Wednesday, the country's disaster mitigation agency said on Thursday.

At least two people died because of heart attacks, one died because of shock and a child was critically injured when a tree fell, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the agency, who gave no further details.

"Casualties and other damage are still being assessed," he said in a message sent to reporters by text.

The 8.2 magnitude earthquake sent panicked residents into the streets in Aceh and was felt as far away as southern India. It was followed by a series of strong aftershocks.

But there was no repeat of a big tsunami that followed a quake in roughly the same area in 2004. That disaster killed at least 230,000 people in 13 Indian ocean countries.

(Reporting by Rieka Rahadiana; Writing by Matthew Bigg; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Public Health

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Sri Lanka Landslide

Sri Lanka Landslide

No hope for survivors in Sri Lanka landslide, over 100 dead.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Logistics Potential

Logistics Potential

India's delivery men offer prize investment as billions pour into e-commerce.  Full Article 

Samsung Results

Samsung Results

Samsung seeks smartphone revamp to arrest profit slide.  Full Article 

Entertainment Buzz

Entertainment Buzz

Film-maker Shonali Bose hopes to take gay issues out of the closet.  Full Article 

Rising Star

Rising Star

Xiaomi moves into third place in global smartphone war.  Full Article 

Fighting Ebola

Fighting Ebola

Ebola appears to be slowing in Liberia - WHO.  Full Article 

End Of QE

End Of QE

Fed ends bond buying, exhibits confidence in U.S. recovery.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage