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Deaths reported as quake hits Sumatra

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A powerful earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Sumatra which was also felt in Singapore and Malaysia. The US Geological Survey measured the quake at 6.3 on the Richter scale, and was centred near the town of Padang. The authorities say a number of people have been killed.

The quake struck at 4.39 Central European Time. A second shock then followed only slightly less intense than the first.

Indonesia rests on a seismically active Pacific Ring of Fire, and experiences frequent earthquakes as well as tsunamis triggered by underwater earthquakes. Tremors were also felt on the West coast of Malaysia, and several tall structures in Singapore’s business district started to sway due to the disturbance.