indonesia rattled by earthquakes

At 6:10 p.m. local time on Wednesday, September 12, 2007, an undersea 8.4 magnitude earthquake struck 80 miles southwest of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia. The tremor triggered a small non-destructive tsunami off the coast.

The following day at 6:49 a.m. local time, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck 125 miles northwest of Bengkulu and caused extensive damage in Padang. Many buildings collapsed afterwards.

Phone lines and electricity were cut, making it difficult to get information about damage and casualties. In Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, hundreds of miles from the quake epicenters, office workers streamed down stairwells as tall office buildings swayed. High-rises also swayed as far as in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.

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