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Sumatra : Selepas tanah runtuh, gempa bumi pula

Earthquakes rock Sumatra

Seven people have died and more than 100 are reported injured after three separate quakes hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

The quakes of moderate magnitude struck within a space of five hours on Monday morning, hitting several areas that are still rebuilding after the devastating Asian tsunami almost exactly two years ago.

The first quake with a magnitude of 5.8 struck at 4:10 am on Monday.

Its epicentre was 128 km under the sea southwest of Banda Aceh, capital of Aceh province which bore the brunt of the 2004 tsunami.

The second quake registered a magnitude of 5.7 and came 30 minutes later northwest of the city of Padang.

The third quake hit North Sumatra province at 8:24 am with a magnitude of 5.5.

Four of the deaths occured in the town of Muarasipongi, in the western part of North Sumatra province, according to an official with the Padang meteorology office.

Mosques, churches and houses were also reported damaged in the town.

The quakes also triggered a landslide that blocked a key road leading to the region and impaired efforts to reach victims.

Besides the three quakes, dozens of aftershocks have shaken the area officials said.

Sumatra lies just east of one of the world’s most active fault lines and is hit by frequent earthquakes. Agencies.

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