At least 529 people are now known to have died in a powerful
quake that struck the Indonesian island of Sumatra on
Wednesday, the government says.
Rescuers struggled on Thursday to find survivors in the
rubble of hundreds of collapsed buildings.
More than 400 people have been seriously injured, and the
death toll is expected to rise, officials say.
The 7.6-magnitude quake struck close to the city of Padang,
the capital of West Sumatra province.
The earthquake brought down hospitals, schools and shopping
malls, cut power lines and triggered landslides.
The social affairs ministry gave the latest confirmed death
toll of 529, but Rustam Pakaya, head of the health
ministry's disaster centre in Jakarta, said: "Our prediction
is that thousands have died."
A second quake of 6.8 struck close to Padang at 0852 local
time (0152 GMT) on Thursday but there were no immediate
reports of casualties or damage.
The first earthquake struck at 1716 local time (1016 GMT) on
Wednesday, some 85km (55 miles) under the sea, north-west of
Padang, the US Geological Survey said.
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