More rescue teams are heading for Indonesia’s Sumatra Coast after a second earthquake hit the region. Several people are believed to have been killed and its feared the death toll may rise. There was fresh panic among residents in Padang, the capital of West Sumatra. The tremor was felt as far afield as Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
Meteorologists warned of a tsunami risk for Australia’s Coco Islands and, further afield, parts of the coast of India and Sri Lanka. This was later lifted.
This latest quake came just hours after an 8.4 magnitude tremor destroyed buildings in several towns and cities.