Seismic Shifts

Earthquake Traps Thousands in Indonesia

An earthquake shook the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday, destroying buildings, bridges, and lives—at least 75 people are dead and thousands more are trapped beneath debris from the disaster, according to Reuters. The epicenter of the earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, occurred about 30 miles off the coast, near the city of Padang, a city of 900,000. Officials and local media say a hospital was among the destroyed buildings in the city and the roof of the Padang airport also reportedly collapsed. The quake comes a day after a tsunami, sparked by a quake in the South Pacific, killed over 100 in Samoa.