At Least 529 Killed by Quake in Indonesia
529 people were confirmed dead and 440 were seriously injured as a result of a second devastating earthquake in western Indonesia on Thursday according to The Social Affairs Ministry’s crisis center. A total of 376 deaths occurred in the Padang City, capital of West Sumatra province.
Death Toll from the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Indonesia on Wednesday is expected to increase as rescuers dig through the rubble. The second quake recorded at 6.8 magnitude damaged additional buildings and infrastructures, while thousands of victims were believed to be trapped from piles of rubble.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a staement:
“Let’s not underestimate (the disaster). Let’s be prepared for the worst. We will do everything we can to help the victims”
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered the military to deploy all its crisis centers in Jakarta, West Sumatra and North Sumatra provinces and said the military will provide earth-moving equipment to clear the rubble.