At least 97 persons killed and many injured in a powerful earthquake in the Aceh province of Indonesia. According to the official of the disaster agency 6.4-magnitude earthquake destroyed many houses and buildings.
The epicentre of the powerful earthquake was 18 km northeast Pidie Jaya district and the depth was at 10 km underground, Xinhua news agency quoted disaster relief officials as saying.
Tens of houses, buildings and infrastructure facilities were destroyed by the powerful and shallow quake, the official told Xinhua news agency.
Most victims and damages were in Pidie Jaya district, one of the hardest hit areas. A search and rescue operation was on.
Dozens of people remained trapped under the debris of buildings of shops in Pidie Jaya.
Indonesia frequently faces such activities due to its geography where tectonic plates collide.
In year Indonesia suffered massive destruction and loss of life due to earthquake of 9.2 magnitude.
--with agencies inputs