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Tsunami Update & Sumatran Earthquake

The ABC has an update on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in the Samoan islands. More than 100 people have died and there are an unknown number of missing.

They also report on a Deadly quake off Indonesia’s Sumatra Island

A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.6 struck off the city of Padang on the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, killing at least 75 people, the country’s vice-president said.

Jusuf Kalla said homes, hotels, schools, shops and other buildings had collapsed.

A hospital in Padang in the area near the epicentre of the quake also collapsed, trapping thousands under rubble, Indonesia health ministry’s disaster centre head Rustam Pakaya said.

The US Geological Survey, which monitors global seismic activity, had earlier estimated the earthquake magnitude at 7.9 but later lowered it to 7.6.

A regional tsunami warning issued after the earthquake struck was lifted, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

If you look at the USGS Earthquake Map you can see the entire Pacific “Ring of Fire” traced in recent earthquake activity. The vibrations from a large earthquake can cause other weak points to snap.