One killed, 7 injured in 5.9-Indonesia quake

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BANDA ACEH (Indonesia): A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Aceh province Tuesday, killing an eight-year-old girl and injuring seven others, officials said.

The quake struck 112 kilometres (70 miles) southeast of the provincial  capital of Banda Aceh at 22:22 GMT, at a depth of 37 kilometres, the US  Geological Survey said.

“An eight-year-old girl in Pidie district was killed after a cupboard in  her bedroom fell on her when the quake shook the ground,” the district’s  disaster management agency chief Apriyadi, who goes by one name, told AFP.

He added that seven people were injured, four of them seriously, due to  collapsing walls.

The Indonesian Meteorology, Geophysics and Climatology Agency (BMKG) issued  no tsunami alert.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates  collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity. -- AFP

Families flee on motorcycles and cars to higher grounds in the capital Banda Aceh following a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck off Indonesia's Aceh province early January 22, 2013, killing an eight-year old girl and injuring seven others, officials said, as panicked residents rushed outdoors. -- AFP photo


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