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Issue: 19 October 2009
Earthquake tears
apart Indonesia
A powerful 7.9-magnitude earthquake center in Jakarta.” Center cancelled an earlier tsunami
has struck the city of Padang on TV footage showed devastation, alert.
Indonesia’s Sumatra island, home to with piles of rubble and smashed “Hundreds of houses have been
some 80% Muslims. houses. Local news reported the damaged along the road. There
Thousands already have been roof of Padang airport had collapsed are some fires, bridges are cut and
killed and many more are trapped, and other media said hotels were there is extreme panic here,” said a
thousands are still under rubble as damaged. Reuters witness in the city, who also
buildings collapsed and fires broke The 7.6 magnitude quake was felt said broken water pipes had triggered
out. around the region, with some high-rise flooding.
“The quake caused widespread buildings in Singapore, 440 km (275 Hospital and a large market had
panic across the city of 900,000 miles) to the northeast, evacuating also been damaged in the city.
people, and a hospital in Padang staff. Office buildings also shook in Humanitarian Aid Agencies in the
collapsed, said Rustam Pakaya, the the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur. UK are on alert and help was under
head of the health ministry’s disaster The Pacific Tsunami Warning way.
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