Earthquake in Indonesia Likely Killed Thousands

From the BBC:

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.”

Our hearts, of course, go out to the people of Pandang and we hope that relief efforts will be comprehensive, quick, culturally-attuned, and egalitarian.
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