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JAKARTA, Indonesia — A strong earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Aceh province on the western tip of Sumatra island on Tuesday, damaging houses and injuring at least five people.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.1 quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles) and its epicenter was located 55 kilometers (34 miles) west of the town of Bireun.
In 2004, a huge earthquake off Aceh triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people across Asia.
LAMPAHAN, Indonesia (AFP) – About 50 people have been injured after a 6.1-magnitude quake Tuesday in the Indonesian province of Aceh caused their houses to collapse, a doctor said.
"We have received around 50 people with injuries suffered when the walls of their houses collapsed," Ema Suryani, a doctor at a health clinic in Lampahan city, Bener Meriah district, told AFP.
"The injuries vary from open wounds to broken bones."
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — A strong earthquake struck Indonesia’s Aceh province on Tuesday, killing at least one person and leaving two others missing. Many houses were damaged and dozens of villagers were injured.
“I see many houses were damaged and their roofs fell onto some people,” said Bensu Elianita, a 22-year-old resident in Bukit Sama village in Central Aceh district. “Many people were injured, but it is difficult to evacuate them due to traffic jams.”
She said people in the village ran out from their houses in panic and screamed for help. At least two homes were totally flattened, she said, adding that the quake also caused a blackout in the village.
BLANG MANCUNG, Indonesia — Rescuers battled through landslides and blocked roads to reach survivors from an earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province that has killed at least 22 people, including several children who died when a mosque collapsed.
More than 200 people were also injured in Aceh's remote, mountainous interior when the strong 6.1-magnitude quake struck the north of Sumatra island on Tuesday, flattening buildings and triggering landslides.
"This is the biggest earthquake we've ever had here," Subhan Sahara, head of the district's disaster agency, told AFP.
"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.