Update 2: Three Dead, Dozens Injured in Aceh Quake

By Agence France-Presse on 08:05 pm Jul 02, 2013
Category Featured, News

Employees of a bank in Aceh stand outside a building after an earthquake struck in Aceh on July 2, 2013. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake was reported in the center of the highlands of Central Aceh. Dozens of houses collapse with casualties still unknown, officials said. (EPA Photo/Hotli Simanjuntak)

Employees of a bank in Aceh stand outside a building after an earthquake struck in Aceh on July 2, 2013. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake was reported in the center of the highlands of Central Aceh. Dozens of houses collapse with casualties still unknown, officials said. (EPA Photo/Hotli Simanjuntak)

[Updated at 8:05 p.m. on July 2, 2013]

Lampahan, Aceh. A powerful earthquake in the Indonesian province of Aceh flattened buildings and sparked landslides on Tuesday, killing at least three people and injuring dozens in a region devastated by the quake-triggered tsunami of 2004.

The 6.1-magnitude quake struck inland at 0737 GMT at a depth of just 10 kilometers in the mountainous Bener Meriah district in the heart of Aceh, the US Geological Survey said.

It destroyed houses in the district, some 320 kilometers from the provincial capital Banda Aceh, and triggered several landslides in the area.

Police and military personnel were deployed to lead rescue efforts, as pictures showed the walls of houses reduced to rubble and roads badly damaged and blocked by landslips.

In Suka Makmur village, a landslide engulfed a coffee plantation, killing at least one man, Fauzi, an official from the local disaster agency, told AFP.

“A man was working at a coffee plantation with his wife when a landslide caused by the quake struck,” said the official, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

“His body was found under a pile of earth soon afterwards,” he said, adding that his wife and another woman were missing at the site.

Ema Suryani, a doctor at a health clinic in Lampahan city in the district, told AFP that a child died when the quake caused a wall to collapse.

“We have received around 50 people with injuries suffered when the walls of their houses collapsed,” added the doctor.

“There are around 30 people seriously injured, some with head injuries. The rest have only light injuries like minor cuts and grazes.”

Injured people had been transported from several affected villages in two trucks, she said.

The disaster agency official Fauzi told AFP that a man also died at a different hospital after being treated for injuries sustained in the quake.

People ran outside in panic in Banda Aceh as the quake shook houses, and in Medan city to the south of Aceh province on Sumatra island.

“The quake was felt strongly for around 15 seconds, from Bener Meriah to Banda Aceh. People panicked and rushed out of their homes,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra, is regularly hit by quakes. In 2004 a massive tremor sparked a tsunami that killed 170,000 people in the province and tens of thousands more in countries around the Indian Ocean.

In April last year an 8.6-magnitude quake struck 431 kilometres off Banda Aceh, prompting an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert.

Five people died and seven were injured in Aceh in the quake and following aftershocks.

In September 2009, a major earthquake near Padang city on Sumatra killed more than 1,000 people.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

Agence France-Presse

  • Kardoman Tumangger

    God bless Indonesia

  • Troublemaker

    Tobing… you first. As an internet troll, all you do is ask inane questions without bringing any real insight into any of these discussions. You are unworthy of my time.

    • H. Tobing

      Ok Troubled, I realize you are new to Indonesia yet think you know it all but hopefully that wears off one day. Whenever I worked overseas I always looked at a country as a place I would never know and I was always learning, you may try the same here once class is finished.

      • Troublemaker

        Spoken like a true novice who is unable to grasp what is obvious to everyone else…

        • H. Tobing

          Troubled you stated on the Aceh thread at 8am on Wednesday morning (almost 25 hours ago) that and I quote

          “Tobing… you first. As an internet troll, all youdo is ask inane questions without bringing any real insight into any of these discussions. You are unworthy of my time.”

          I thought among the devoted a vow of silence was sacred. I thought you taking this vow showed your true devotion like a nun or priest or even better a monk but you could not wait even a day to break your vow. It would make one wonder if you can commit to anyone or anything without going back on your word, your lack of loyalty to yourself in this regard is disturbing to say the least.

  • Troublemaker

    Daniel… You on dope? I have said nothing against Islam. What comments are you referring? Do you even read posts before you comment?

    • H. Tobing

      You are a very rude man, you no nothing of Daniel or I, maybe you and Daniel need to pee in a cup and see who passes.

  • H. Tobing

    I am not here for brownie points, high fives, hoots and hollers or even to join stylish clicks to ring the same bell as most expatriates here do. I am here to give my personal opinion which I do unbiasedly so.

  • H. Tobing

    So stop replying to me.

  • H. Tobing

    Hypocrite said and I quote “You are amazing mate”

    Why thank you thank you I could not have achieved it without your clear and unbridled support, thank you again. Your recognition of my achievements only spur me do more here.

  • DanielKaimana

    Honestly, I don’t see much difference between FPI and these mauriceg ppl alike. Narrow-minded with different breeds. Sad but true.. Perfect match with Islam extremists. Shall live side by side?

    • Lucy

      except I dont think Maurice is attacking honest businesses or throwing fire bombs or beating people to death or throwing tea
      Same? but quite different really

      • DanielKaimana

        No she doesn’t. But all evils begin in the mind, don’t they?

  • H. Tobing

    So are you saying I am worthy of your time? Praise the Lord and Hallelujah.

  • H. Tobing

    I spend my time as I wish, I beleive that is my right or are you, as an expatriate going to take away my rights as a free Muslim citizen of Indonesia?

  • Troublemaker

    Your time is not being wasted as your time is worthless…

    • H. Tobing

      Whatever you say, you can continue to believe it until you saw my yearly tax returns. So we are in agreement stop wasting your time, good.

  • Troublemaker

    On that fact we agree…

    • H. Tobing

      Yes you know what they say and words the I live, got to throw a dog a bone whether it has meat on it or not.

  • Wong Edan

    Given the violence and intolerance here, and the fact that Mauriceg is clearly a nice chap who wouldn’t go out of his way to offend people, unlike some, I’m sure he wouldn’t just stand up and say that. However, there is nothing wrong with showing contempt for any kind of belief system – especially the more harmful ones…

  • Wong Edan

    Oh dear, please try and read comments before you reply. I’m saying it’s OK to insult Islam as that is merely a belief system. However because its followers do not think it is strong enough to stand on its own, they often resort to violence to defend it. I will leave gratuitous personal insults to you as it seems to be something of a specialty.

  • H. Tobing

    Henrietta said “Actually the Christian God loves us and would not do anything to harm his people.”

    So why are there so many natural disasters in so many Christian countries that not only harm people but that maim, disfigure and kill so many Christians?

  • Wong Edan

    Yes.

    Nice food.

  • DanielKaimana

    Proclaiming hatred on internet is not an action. What is that then?