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Damaging wave hits Simeulue island JAKARTA - A three-metre wave smashed into the Indonesian island of Simeulue, off the coast of Sumatra, causing extensive damage shortly after a massive earthquake, a military official said. Up to 2,000 people are believed to have died in the earthquake. The military commander in Aceh, close to the epicentre of the quake, says he has received reports that the wharf at Simeulue's main port was badly damaged.
Endang Suwaraya says waves have also affected the island's airport in the coastal town of Sinabang. An Aceh-based journalist who made contact with the island says the main hospital in Sinabang has been destroyed and cannot be used. He says there are unconfirmed reports of 25 dead on the island. Tsunami warnings were issued around the Indian Ocean after the quake, measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale, hit late yesterday. There was widespread panic as thousands fled inland, fearing a repeat of the giant waves that followed the 9.0 Indian Ocean earthquake on December 26.

'Higher than December'

Indonesia's Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, says up to 2,000 people are feared dead in collapsed buildings on the island of Nias, near Sumatra. Witnesses on the island say the ocean rose about 30 metres, higher than in December. It is reported that there are no buildings left intact in the main town in southern Nias, Teluk Dalam. "Roughly it is expected between 1,000 and 2,000 died," Mr Kalla told El Shinta news radio of the quake.
In the Sumatran city of Medan, Erni Ginting, a spokeswoman for the disaster centre for Aceh and North Sumatra, told reporters: "The official death toll stands at 322." She said all the fatalities were on Nias, 220 of them in Gunungsitoli. Information Minister Sofyan Djalil said authorities had designated an airport at Sibolga on the mainland, opposite Nias, as the hub for relief flights as the control tower on the island's airstrip had collapsed.
Earlier, Agus Mendrofa, deputy mayor of Gunungsitoli, was quoted by Metro TV as saying about 10,000 of the town's 27,000 population had fled for higher ground. "Gunungsitoli is now like a dead town. The situation here is extreme panic," he said.


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Posted in Earthquake @ 29 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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