Strong Earthquake Jolts Indonesia, At Least 13 Dead

By: (CNN)
By: (CNN)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) — A major earthquake that struck Indonesia Wednesday killed at least 13 people and injured hundreds more, an official said.

The 13 were crushed by collapsing buildings, said Rustam Pakaya, head of the Ministry of Health’s crisis center, and hundreds more were hurt.

The quake struck close to 5 p.m. about 33 miles (53 km) from Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra, which is home to more than 800,000 people.

It caused widespread power and phone outages, making it difficult to assess the scope of the damage.

The state-run Antara news agency said the earthquake “killed tens of people and destroyed hundreds of buildings including houses, shopping centers and mosques,” though that report did not cite its sources.

The U.S Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.6.

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