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More Than 90 Killed In Indonesia Earthquake


Residents gather outside a damaged mosque after an earthquake struck the town of Pidie in Indonesia's Aceh province on December 7.

An undersea earthquake off Indonesia's northern province of Aceh has killed at least 97 people, a military commander says.

"The number keeps growing," Aceh military chief Tatang Sulaiman said on December 7. More people are feared trapped under rubble.

The magnitude-6.5 quake struck just off the northeast coast of Sumatra island, where dozens of buildings collapsed.

Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency said several thousand rescuers were being deployed to quake-hit areas, including hundreds of soldiers.

Indonesia's meteorological agency said there was no risk of a tsunami.

In 2004, Aceh was devastated by a tsunami caused by an undersea earthquake that killed a total of 120,000 people in several countries.

The world's largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Rim.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and dpa
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