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Indonesia's tsunami kills 113 people, leaves 502 missing

2010-10-26 13:51:37 GMT2010-10-26 21:51:37 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

People try to reach their relatives by mobile phone as they flee to higher ground in Padang, West Sumatra, on October 25, 2010.(AFP File Photo)

JAKARTA, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia' tsunami caused by earthquake in West Sumatra of Indonesia has killed at least 113 people with 502 people missing, officials said on Tuesday.

The tsunami hit two islands of Pagaiselatan Mentawai and Pagaiutara Mentawai in West Sumatra after the 7.2 magnitude quake as the USGS reported the quake at 7.7 magnitude. "The death toll has reached 113 people now," Head of crisis center of Health Ministry Mujiharto told Xinhua by phone.

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Medical team has been dispatched to the scene, they carrying 200 body sags, said Mujiharjo.

The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency admitted that small tsunamis occurred five minutes after the main shock at 7.2 magnitude at 21:42 p.m. Jakarta time Monday (1442 GMT), although it lifted the warning about a half hour after the main shock.

"The tsunami occurred with the height at 0.461 meter," official of the agency named only Sutiyono told Xinhua by phone.

But, a report said that the height of the waters reached 3 meters high in Silabu village at Pagaiutara Mentawai island, head of crisis center of Health Ministry named only Mujiharto told Xinhua by phone. Edward said that the tsunami also destroyed one bridge, five houses. But, head of crisis center said that 80 percent houses at Betumonga village at Pagaiutara Mentawai island have been levelled. One tourist boat loaded by 8 Australian citizens and 5 crew has lost contact, he said.

Another tourist boat was burned but no one hurt, said Edward. The waters entered to the ground by up to 600 meters by up to 3 meter hight, said Mujiharto. The intensity of the quake was felt at 4 to 5 MMI (Modified Mercally Intensity) at Pagaiselatan Mentawai, 3 to 4 MMI in Padang city, the capital of West Sumatra province and Pariaman town of the province, and 3 MMI at nearby Bengkulu province, the official of the agency told Xinhua. West Sumatra was hit by powerful quake of 7.9 magnitude in September 2009, which killed more than 1,000 people and caused massive damage on infrastructure.

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