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News reports a few hours ago relayed an earthquake at Pidie Jaya, some hundred kilometres from Banda Aceh, Sumatra. I’m unable to access editing tools now, but the location is on the coast of Sumatra below the end of the word “Banda”.

Initial reports spoke of very few casualties, but more recent reports (such as that here) spoke of 50 deaths and the latest at the time of posting (such as here and here) have the death toll approaching triple figures and rising.

The Southeast Asia Blog sends its thoughts to all those affected.

Update: A subsequent news report is here. For anyone doubting Indonesians’ fascination with taking pictures, especially with a focus on the macabre, gruesome and horrific, need only look at the crowd in the background of Jefri Tarigan’s picture (the second media file down the page).

 

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