Over 100 Killed in Indonesian Earthquake
A 6.5-magnetude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Aceh province on Wednesday morning. According to Indonesia’s Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency, at least 102 people were killed, including young children. There are 136 people currently injured from the quake.
Hundreds of structures were destroyed in the district of Pidie Jaya. Damaged buildings include homes, shops and mosques.
According to the CCN website, the Pidie Jaya hospital was damaged by the quake. Additional medical personnel have gone to the region to help. The president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, called for immediate aid to be sent to Aceh after the earthquake. The International Organization for Migration has also deployed two staff members to help coordinate assistance and be the eyes and ears for the organization.
National Board for Disaster Management spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said that the death toll may still grow. The CCN website has quoted Nugroho, "Now our priority is the search and rescue operation. We have to move so fast to save them."
The earthquakes center was 12 miles southeast of the town of Sigli in the Aceh province. There were no tsunami advisories issued. Despite this, some residents have still fled to the hills for safety from a potential tsunami. Oxfam Australia's Humanitarian Manager, Meg Quartermaine, believes that many of the citizens are still traumatized from the last great earthquake and tsunami from 2004.
In 2004 a disastrous earthquake and tsunami killed 80,000 people in Indonesia. The tsunami of 2004 also left millions of people homeless as it spread throughout the region.
Indonesia sits on the infamous Ring of Fire. The Ring of Fire is a set of fault lines that circle the Pacific Basin. This makes earthquakes a relatively common problem for the people living in Indonesia. Wednesday’s earthquake is the second major quake to hit Indonesia this year. It has also been the deadliest earthquake for the region in 2016 so far.