Indonesian authorities say earthquake on Sumatra wounds more than 600

BALI — Over 600 people in Indonesia’s Aceh province were injured as a result of the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that occurred in the region on Wednesday, authorities said.

In the Pidie Jaya, Pidie and Bireuen regencies 620 people were injured, National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, BNPB head Willem Rampangilei announced that at least 97 people were killed by the earthquake, while at least 536 were wounded. According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, about 7,400 people have lost their homes and are currently sheltered at temporary rescue centers.

Indonesia is located in the so-called Ring of Fire quake zone where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. Hundreds of thousands died in 2004 when a record quake hit the Aceh region, triggering a tsunami. PNA/