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Quake in north Indonesia kills 52: official

Image: Rescue workers and police remove a victim from a collapsed building following an earthquake in Lueng Putu, Pidie Jaya in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia December 7, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/ Irwansyah Putra/ via REUTERS


JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities said the death toll from a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the northern province of Aceh on Wednesday has risen to 52.

The number of casualties was expected to rise and more than 70 people had been seriously injured, said national disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck just after 5 a.m. (2200 GMT Tuesday) at a depth of 17 km (11 miles) on Aceh’s northeastern coast. No tsunami warning was issued.

 

 

Rescue workers try to remove a victim from a collapsed building following an earthquake in Lueng Putu, Pidie Jaya in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia December 7, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto.  Antara Foto/Irwansyah Putra/via REUTERSPeople use heavy equipment to search for victims under debris following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Mereudue, Pidie Jaya, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia December 7, 2016.  REUTERS/Zian MuttaqienPeople survey the damage after dozens of buildings collapsed following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Ule Glee, Pidie Jaya in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia December 7, 2016. REUTERS/Nunu HusienInterior view of a hospital with patients following an earthquake in Pidie Jaya, Aceh, Indonesia in this still frame taken from video December 7, 2016. METRO TV/Via REUTERS TVPeople stand next to rubble of collapsed buildings following an earthquake in Pidie Jaya, Aceh, Indonesia in this still frame taken from video December 7, 2016. METRO TV/Via REUTERS TVPeople stand next to rubble of collapsed buildings following an earthquake in Pidie Jaya, Aceh, Indonesia in this still frame taken from video December 7, 2016. METRO TV/Via REUTERS TVRescue personnel carry a person on a stretcher into an ambulance following an earthquake in Pidie Jaya, Aceh, Indonesia in this still frame taken from video December 7, 2016. METRO TV/Via REUTERS TV

 

(Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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