Indonesian Earthquake Already Blamed for 13 Deaths, Hundreds of Injuries

A huge earthquake hit Indonesia Wednesday, killing at least 13 people, injuring hundreds more and plunging parts of the nation into darkness, officials said.

Indonesia’s Health Ministry said the 13 deaths were attributed to collapsed buildings, CNN reported.

Antara news agency reported the earthquake killed dozens of people and destroyed houses, shopping centers and mosques.

The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.6, the U.S. Geological Survey said, revising downward its initial magnitude estimate of 7.9. The quake was recorded about 33 miles from Padang, the capital of West Sumatra. The quake’s epicenter was about 140 miles southwest of Pekanbaru, Sumatra; 295 miles south-southwest of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and 600 miles northwest of Jakarta, Indonesia, the USGS said. The depth of the earthquake was about 53 miles, USGS said.

Indonesia’s national disaster agency said the quake downed power and phone lines in Padang.

Local media reported people were seen fleeing their homes for the hills, CNN said.

The Web site for one of Indonesia’s main newspapers, The Jakarta Globe, crashed temporarily from the crush of people trying to learn more about the earthquake, CNN reported.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration canceled a tsunami watch it issued for Indonesia, India, Thailand and Malaysia. The quake generated a tsunami slightly less than a foot high, the center said.

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