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Earthquake on West Sumatra Indonesia

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After few days happened in some place in West Java, the earthquake has shocked again in West Sumatra. The earthquake happened at 5.00 PM on wednesday. The 7,6 magnitude earthquake hit West Sumatra, it's about 57 km from Pariaman. Thousands more building has seriously damaged and until 10.30 PM last night, 75 pepople have reported dead.

The earthquake also can be felt too in Medan (North Sumatra), Bengkulu, Pekanbaru (Riau), Palembang (South Sumatra), Jambi, Bandar Lampung, and Aceh. But the worst effect from the earthquake was happened in Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra. That city has isolated from the other cities was around it.

That earthquake was responsed as National Disaster by the Indonesian Government. And the emergency time is announced for 2 months ahead.

The Vice President, Jusuf Kalla said "From the BMKG ( Meteorology, Climatolgy And Geophysics Agency) reported, that earthquake has power up to 7,9 magnitude ".

The earthquake is predicted will make more damage than the Tasikmalaya quake, West Java which happened on last September. At that time, the Tasikmalaya quake has 7,3 magnitude.

"From recent report, 75 people has died in hospital. But, in prediction that number can increase because thousands houses,hotels and stores are broke down." the Vice President said.

Until last night the Indonesian Government hasn't receive detailed report from the West Sumatra Government. Hard rain and turned off electricy power made the west Sumatra Goverment having a hard time to calculate the damage.

In prediction, many peoles still trapped in hotel, school, store and other buildings, but they couldn't be evacuated because limited tools and peoples. " but, we must ready to handle the disaster with the highest status," Kalla said.


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