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Officials say at least 3,000 people may still be trapped in rubble from
a powerful earthquake that devastated Indonesia's port city of Padang.
United Nations says the death toll is at least 1,100 from the
7.6-magnitude undersea quake, which hit Wednesday off Indonesia's
Rescue teams are struggling Saturday to reach
victims in and around Padang, a city of 900,000 people where large
buildings, including hospitals, mosques and churches, were destroyed by
In one rescue attempt, soldiers, police and
volunteers tried to reach people buried in the rubble of the giant
Ambacang hotel. Officials say a survivor in the hotel sent a text
message saying a few people in the rubble were still alive.
rural areas outside of Padang, some villages have been wiped out by
landslides triggered by the earthquake. Officials say at least 600
people are missing due to the landslides.
Other countries have
pledged financial aid. The United States offered to send $300,000 in
immediate assistance plus another $3 million later.
prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific
Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific
Basin. In 2004, a 9.1-magnitude earthquake along the same fault line
caused a tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people in several
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.