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Padang Earthquake

Day One in Padang, Indonesia: Aid Worker Arrives in Earthquake Zone

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

In all my years of working in the aid world, starting in 1978 in Indonesia, I have never witnessed such a rapid and relentless series of crises as I've seen this week.

3 Villages "Obliterated" By Indonesian Earthquake

AP | IRWAN FIRDAUS and ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PADANG, Indonesia — The death toll from Indonesia's massive earthquake will likely double as officials on Saturday reached rural communities wip...

Indonesia: Earthquake Hits Along Same Fault Line That Spawned 2004 Tsunami

AP | IRWAN FIRDAUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A powerful earthquake rocked western Indonesia Wednesday, trapping thousands under collapsed buildings – including two hospitals – and triggering landslides. At least 75 people were killed on Sumatra island and the death toll was expected to climb sharply.

The magnitude 7.6 quake struck at 5:15 p.m. local time (1015GMT, 6:15 a.m. EDT), just off the coast of Padang city the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was along the same fault line that spawned the massive 2004 Asian tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

A tsunami warning for countries along the Indian Ocean was issued, and panicked residents fled to higher ground fearing giant waves. The warning was lifted about an hour later.

When the quake struck, the ground was shaking so hard that people sat down on the streets to avoid falling over, footage shot in Padang and broadcast by local TVOne network showed.

Children screamed as residents tried to put out fires started in the quake. Thousands fled the coast in cars and motorbikes, honking horns.