Dear friends and colleagues,
A powerful underwater earthquake has struck off the city of Padang on the
coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing possibly more than 70 people so
far, injuring hundreds, and destroying houses, bridges, and hospitals.
Thousands of people are still trapped in collapsed buildings.
The 7.6 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday comes just hours after a series of
tsunamis caused death and devastation on the Pacific island nations of
American and Western Samoa. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued
regional tsunami warning following the earthquake, but the warning was
canceled soon afterwards.
Indonesia's meteorological agency said the quake hit 30 miles (50
kilometers) off the coast of Padang, along the same fault line the spawned
the massive 2004 Asian tsunami that killed more than 230,000 in a dozen
Sources: Kompas.com, detik.com, english.aljazeera.
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