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Two quakes kill at least 70 in Sumatra

Breaking Seismic News

March 06, 2007
PADANG, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two strong earthquakes hit Indonesia's Sumatra island on Tuesday, killing at least 70 people and sending emergency operations into full swing to deal with dozens of injured.
The tremors were felt as far away as Malaysia and Singapore, where several buildings were evacuated.
The first quake of magnitude 6.3 was felt in the West Sumatra provincial capital of Padang at around 11 a.m., sparking panic among seaside residents who feared it might trigger a tsunami.
A second 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck the same area two hours later, causing more panic.
However, there was no immediate tsunami warning after the quakes, which were on land.
Indonesia's cabinet secretary Sudi Silalahi said 70 people had been killed.

March 6, 2007
Eyewitness Account
Elvin in Padang, described to the BBC the damage he saw immediately after the earthquake.
"I start to see houses, shops getting crushed, they were flattened to the ground and there were many people outside their houses, they were screaming, they were making groups in the street".

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