Sumatra Earthquake Death Toll Estimates Rising In Indonesia

Patrick Frye - Author

Aug. 23 2017, Updated 3:43 a.m. ET

The Sumatra earthquake rattled the northern tip of Indonesia’s islands.

Now the Sumatra earthquake in Indonesia is just making things worse for the country. The US Geological Survey (USGS) says the Sumatra earthquake measured a 6.1 on the Richter scale and was centered 34 miles off the tip of Sumatra. The aftershocks measured at 5.3 and 5.2 magnitude. Fortunately, no tsunami warning was necessary.

Initially, no deaths were reported but injuries were estimated at 50 people. But the latest reports claim the death toll from the Sumatra earthquake is rising.

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Reports from the Associated Press say the earthquake in Indonesia killed at least six people and injured more than 200. But the Australia Network News is saying the death toll is already higher, with the Sumatra earthquake killing at least 11 people so far, including six children who died when a mosque collapsed.

The cleanup efforts for the Sumatra earthquake are facing power failures and traffic jams. Rescue efforts are now concentrating on searching for people who may be trapped under the rubble. The Sumatra earthquake damaged more than 100 houses and buildings in the district, with roofs collapsing on top of people and trapping them inside. A landslide also contributed to the chaos, with at least two people missing because of it.


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