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7 killed, 85 injured as strong quake hits western Indonesia -

strong quake hits western Indonesia

Seven people were killed and 85 others wounded as a 6.1-magnitude quake destroyed over 10,000 buildings, houses and infrastructure facilities in Indonesia's western province of West Sumatra on Friday, a senior official said.

Earlier the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued a report saying the quake measured 6.2-magnitude before revising it to 6.1, the agency's head Dwikorita Karnawati said.

Acting spokesperson of the National Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency Abdul Muhari said that three people were killed in Pasaman Barat district and four others in Pasaman district, adding that all the 85 wounded persons were recorded in both districts, which were the hardest hit by the disaster.

The natural disaster has forced about 5,000 people to flee home and take shelter at 35 evacuation centers, he said.

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