Quake cuts electricity, phone service in part of Indonesia
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6 struck Indonesia on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, causing power and phone outages in some regions.
The USGS revised downward the earlier estimate of the earthquake’s magnitude, which was 7.9.
The quake was recorded about 33 miles from Padang, the capital city of West Sumatra, which is home to more than 800,000 people.
Padang is experiencing a blackout because of the earthquake, and phone lines are down, Indonesia’s national disaster coordinating agency reported. The agency is unable to contact its local representative in the area, it said.
The earthquake was felt in cities nearby such as Medan and Gengkulu, where people panicked and ran in search of higher ground, fearing a tsunami.
The region is accustomed to earthquakes, and the local population has been trained to identify safe places in case of a tsunami, Sean Granville-Ross, the Mercy Corps country director for Indonesia, told CNN by phone from the country.
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