Earthquake in western Indonesia forces people to flee

16:43, December 03, 2010      

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A 4.2-magnitude earthquake rocked West Sumatra province in western Indonesia at 10:13 local time ( 0313 GMT) on Friday, forcing people to flee of their houses, Metro TV reported.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology and geophysics Agency of Padang Pariaman regency, the earthquake was centered at 17 kilometers off Padang Sea and at depth of 10 kilometers under seabed. however, the agency did not release a tsunami warning.

Although it was a small earthquake, it triggered panic among people.

The TV footage showed people running out of their offices to avoid risk of being struck down by debris.

The footage also showed people living in coastal areas were running to higher ground to avoid tsunami.

The earthquake triggered traffic jams on streets.

Panic was also occurred in hospitals where patients were evacuated outside the buildings.

In M. Jamil Hospitals, patients were treated outside the building while in Yos Sudarso Hospital, patients, who had already evacuated outside the building, rejected to return inside. In fact, some patients urged to come home even though they were not fully recovered.

Authorities urged people not to be afraid of the small scale earthquake and the potential of tsunami.

Source: Xinhua


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