Heavy machine was used to search and rescue use survivors under rubles of a fallen buildings after an earthquake occurence in Pidie Jaya, Aceh province, Indonesia, on Wednesday, 7, Dec. 2016. A mighty undersea earthquake hits Indonesia’s Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing a number of persons and collapsed more than dozen buldings.
An effectful rescue effort involving lots of soldiers, villagers and police was effected in Meureudu, a badly affected town in the district of Pidie. Three excavators were were used in removing debris from shop-houses where there believed that three persons might have been buried alive, Suyatno says, the leader of Aceh’s search and rescue agency.
The district chief ‘Aiyub Abbas’ said that hundreds of people in the district have sustained serious injury and about 40 buildings which includes mosques, stores and homes were leveled to the ground by the earthquake. The district is located 18 kilometers (11 miles) southwest of the epicenter.
Abbas confirmed that about 25 persons have been killed in that district alone. And a local health office said that eight dead persons were just kids.
Geological Survey from U.S. said that the shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck at 5:03 a.m. (2203 GMT Tuesday) was centered about 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Reuleut, a town in northern Aceh, at a depth of 17 kilometers (11 miles). There was no risk of a tsunami.
Abbas also said that rescuers seriously need more excavating machine to move heavy debris and emergency supplies.
TV footage showed a rescue personnel carrying shattered bodies in black bags away from the rubble.
A teacher at an Islamic building school died in the nearby district of Bireuen, after being hit by falling debris, health worker Achmad Taufiq said.
About 20 persons are undergoing treatment in a health-center and one person have been moved to a hospital because of sustained broken bones injury and a head injury, Taufiq added.
People living in a nearby town of Lhokseumawe ran out of their houses in panic during the Earthquake and many people fled to higher ground.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, and it is prone to earthquakes because it is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.
In 2004, December to be precise, a massive earthquake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. More than 160,000 people died in Indonesia alone, and most of those deaths occurred in Aceh.