A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s Aceh province on Tuesday and killed at least 22 people,. Rescuers are trying to find the survivors.
Among the victims there are at least six children who died in Blang Mancung village, Central Aceh district, when a mosque collapsed during a Koran reading meeting.
More than 200 people were injured by the quake that destroyed buildings and landscapes, hitting at a depth of only 10 kilometers.
“This is the biggest earthquake we have ever had here,” Subhan Sahara, head of the district’s disaster agency, said. “People are still frightened, especially after the aftershocks last night. Nobody dared to stay at home. Everyone slept on the roads or in car parks.
“The earthquake triggered many landslides. People could not get out of the area because of fallen trees and mounds of earth blocking roads.”
“So far 22 people died, 210 people were injured, and thousands of buildings and homes were damaged in the quake,” disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.
Back in 2004, around 170,000 people in the region were killed by a tsunami caused by a violent quake.
Indonesia is placed on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide. This is the reason for the frequent seismic and volcanic activity.