Indonesia Earthquake Death Toll Reaches Over 1,100, UN Says
The death toll from the two earthquakes that struck the Sumatra region of Indonesia yesterday has now risen to above 1,100 people, according to the United Nations. Local officials say the death toll is at 770. Many more people have been injured. The first wave of 7.6-magnitude hit the Islands on Wednesday. The second 7.0-magnitude wave did not hit the islands until Thursday. The rescues are under way, but a lot of people are still trapped under rubble. The United Nations is expecting the death toll to keep growing.
The Sumatra islands are part of the Alpide belt, right next to the Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismically active region of Earth where earthquakes are frequent. Just two days ago, a powerful earthquake has struck the Samoa islands that are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. Tsunami waves have been generated by the quake, flattening villages and killing hundreds of people in the region.
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