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Sep 29, 2019

Death toll rises to 30 in Indonesia earthquake

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked Indonesia's remote Maluku islands rose to 30 today. On Thursday, terrified residents ran into the streets as buildings fell in around them when the 6.5-magnitude tremor struck, sparking landslides that buried at least one of the victims. 

The country's disaster agency said among the confirmed dead were three young children, with many people killed by falling debris in and around quake-struck Ambon city. The region's governor has declared a state of emergency until October 9. 

National disaster mitigation agency spokesman Agus Wibowo said at least 25,000 people had to flee because their houses were damaged by the strong jolt. Hundreds of houses, offices, schools and public facilities were also been damaged in the disaster. 

In 2004, a devastating 9.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra. The quake triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including around 170,000 in Indonesia. 


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