Strong quake kills girl, ruins homes in Indonesia
BANDA ACEH (AP) - A strong, shallow earthquake rocked parts of western Indonesia early Tuesday, killing a 9-year-old girl, panicking residents and ruining homes. Several other people were injured.
The magnitude-5.9 earthquake was centered southwest of the city of Banda Aceh and 6 km beneath the earth's crust, according to the US Geological Survey. It was too far inland to generate a tsunami.
The quake hit about 5:22 am local time, rattling people awake in towns and villages across the Sumatra island's northern tip. A magnitude-4.7 aftershock quake followed a few minutes later.
Mr Sarjani Abdullah, the district head of Pidie, said a 9-year-old girl was found dead in the ruins of her home. At least seven other people, including a 3-year-old, suffered cuts and broken bones.