Powerful Earthquake Rattles Sumatra, Killing One

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 5:10 am (UTC-5)
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A 12-year-old boy is dead in Indonesia, where a powerful earthquake shook people from their beds and sent residents pouring into the streets.

The 6.6-magnitude temblor struck before dawn Tuesday in the western island of Sumatra, sending residents streaming from homes, hotels and at least one hospital. Officials said a boy was crushed in his bed by falling debris and another person was seriously injured.

The quake was centered about 100 kilometers southwest of Medan, close to Indonesia's northernmost Aceh province which bore the brunt of a deadly earthquake and tsunami in December 2004. Tuesday's quake cracked walls and damaged buildings, but scientists said it was too far inland to cause another tsunami.

Even so, residents in Subulussam village said this quake felt more powerful that the one in 2004.

Budi, who uses only one name, said Tuesday's earthquake caused much more damage to buildings in the village.