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

    • 22roles

      That’s a natural disaster.. Use a bit of brain is a good move.

      • mauriceg

        @22roles – you should realise there are folks in Indonesia that don’t believe in nature. They think that their god is making everything happen everywhere, all the time. Nothing occurs, except by his/her/its will. A bird can’t fly without a god to make it so at every moment.

        Wow. Dopey or what, but that was told me straight-faced by an self-acknowledged FPI supporter in Bali a short time ago. I had visions of a circus where a man keeps plates spinning on the tips of sticks in the ground. If he isn’t constantly revving them up, they will fall.
        How backward.
        And yet Western civilisation has sent space vehicles to planets in the outer Solar System, and can upgrade the operating systems of their computers billions of kilometres awy.
        Such feats of engineering and celestial mechanics can never be accomplished by those others; those who never experienced a Western enlightenment or industrial revolution, who make and continue to make credulous, superstition-filled mistakes that our remote ancestors never would in perceiving reality. Instead, there might be a half-hearted, grudging acknowledgement of such Western-invented wonders such as ‘listrik’, which they will never understand, There is no human progress to be found down the road being trod just now.
        So, 22roles. Asking for using a brain won’t help. Their not being able to grasp reality is one part. Resenting and hat6ing those who do understand is another.

    • lost-and-found

      You can also thank him for sending it in the first place (if you believe in him that is)

    • mauriceg

      Indonesia is going to need a lot of blessing in future, then. She had better speak to Japanese engineers who learned the hard way about designing earthquake-resistant buildings. A quick study shows that few Islamic countries which regularly experience earthquakes give any thought to rebuilding with improved designs.Part of this is due to corruption, part ignorance, and part, just not giving a damn.
      Besides, god helps them who help themselves, we always hear.
      That Sharia isn’t working too well in Aceh, is it. Do you religious nutters out there want to crank it up further, making life even more nasty, brutish, corrupt and short, or abandon it for something designed for human beings in which to grow, prosper and goodness me, yes..smile.

      • H. Tobing

        MauryG who go hitting out at Islam now, I thought you were going to put your efforts towards another endeavor with Singapore.

        You as an expatriate show such disregard for the people you work around every day why do you stay here? You show such contempt for Islam are you also some kind, of as you say, “religious nutter” or just an atheist that hates all religions?

        Can I ask one question and get an honest answer: This statement you wrote above, would you have the guts to stand up in your office/work place or where ever you earn your living and make the same statement to the people you work with? In my opinion, if not then you should not say it.

  • Lo Png Seh

    Have they asked Singapore for financial assistance yet?

  • Troublemaker

    Maybe their attempts to please god returns as retribution for losing sight of what is the true word of god…

    • H. Tobing

      Sounds like an expatriate who knows nothing of any of the good books. Do you worship the devil or are you an atheist?

      • Hypocrite Buster

        This is the sort of retort – unsolicited, uncalled for, sarcastic, belittling another poster unprovoked for no rhyme or reason – that doesn’t win you brownie points (of course you will next say who’s interested in brownie points). What has Troublemaker said to deserve that lash from you? He has not even criticised your beloved Indonesia. In fact I thought he was particularly precise and insightful. To my mind (less smart than you sorry) he was saying the quake tragedy was perhaps justified by the sham ritualistic religious superficialities (form over substance) of the people of Aceh instead actually practicising tolerance, honesty, integrity and other universal values that all the major religions uphold. If you disagree with that okay but why go for the jugular?

  • 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…

        • DanielKaimana

          You can hate Islam as you like Troublemaker but your comments are not acceptable..

        • 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

            Tobing… again… Lot’s of babbling without making any sense. Please spend your time doing something other than trying to appear as educated by involving yourself in web discussions. It’s obvious you are not capable of debate or providing dialog.

          • Troublemaker

            Tobing… What vow of silence you talking about? I never made a vow of silence. However, one from you would be a true blessing as we are all tired of your failure to have an intelligent discussion. Psycho babble does not work…

          • Hypocrite Buster

            My word, you are the one that started the aggression (expatriate who knows nothing of the good books, devil worshipper or atheist), then you lambasted him again for his understandably curt response. You are amazing mate, and I don’t mean that as a compliment (of course you will say you are not looking for compliment…).

  • 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.

      • Troublemaker

        Tobing… it is apparent that you ‘no’ nothing. I thought we had agreement you would no longer reply to my posts?

        • H. Tobing

          No I never said I was wasting my time but you did, I suggested YOU stop wasting your time, you agreed but I understand, you, “Brokeback Mountain style” just can’t quit me.

      • Troublemaker

        Once again Tobing… you first.

        • H. Tobing

          Happy too, when and where?

  • 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.

    • Hypocrite Buster

      “I am not here for brownie points…”, isn’t that what I’ve exactly predicted you would say in my earlier post? Pathetic. By the way I’ve a related comment in another article (the one on FPI spokesman throwing tea at academic) in respect of your response to another poster Good Bad Ugly

  • H. Tobing

    So stop replying to me.

    • Troublemaker

      Absolutely agreed. That works both ways also as you are always the one to initially respond to my posts and not vice-versa. I expect to hear no more from you.

  • 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?

        • Lucy

          But with some people it stays in the mind . With the FPI it is exported daily into our lives via violence
          If you think that is the same then its a poor bit of reasoning

  • 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

      You have that right. The right to post inane comments with the mentality of an 8 year old child. You exercise that right frequently.

      • H. Tobing

        I try Troubled but the expatriates here are just too smart for me. LOL

  • 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…

    • H. Tobing

      So in your eyes it is ok to insult Indonesians hidden over the internet but people who are scared to say the same thing in public are ok? Anyone who would do that does not seem to be a man of their word or one who would stand by their word and surely cannot be proud of the words that pass through their lips. Not much a person in my opinion.

  • 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

      So you believe you are justified to insult Islam a religion still held by over 87% of the population here in our country of Indonesia?

      If you feel such a contempt for our country and it’s beliefs, why are you here?

  • Henrietta

    As long as women cover up from head to toe, God will think they are trying to hide from her and as long as men have no self control over their sexual urges and blame the women, God will condemn you. Actually the Christian God loves us and would not do anything to harm his people. Those who pray five times a day because it is mandatory and fear going to hell do not really love their God. If you are afraid to question your God, she is probably not going to help you. God gave humans brains to think, improve their lives and help others.

    Telling lies, stealing, selfishness, and cheating are a part of life in Indonesia. If you really want everyone in Indonesia to have a chance at life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness insist on an end to corruption and start helping those who are less fortunate than you. My father died in the Pacific so you didn’t have to speak Japanese, so stop screwing up your country and preventing others from having religious freedom.

    If your engineers, developers, and government made building codes mandatory and if inspectors were not so corrupt, you might actually have buildings that can withstand a magnitude 8.0 quake.

  • 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?