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Thursday, 1 October 2009

Sumatra struck by second earthquake

Latest news from the BBC News website suggests that at least 464 people are now known to have been died in a powerful quake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday, the government says.

Rescuers struggled in heavy rain on Thursday to find survivors in the rubble of collapsed buildings. The death toll is expected to rise.

The 7.6 magnitude quake struck close to Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province. The earthquake brought down hundreds of buildings, including hospitals. It cut power lines and triggered landslides.

"Our prediction is that thousands have died," said Rustam Pakaya, head of the health ministry's disaster centre in Jakarta.

A second quake of 6.8 struck close to Padang at 0852 local time (0152 GMT) on Thursday but there are no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

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