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Death Toll From Indonesia Quake Rises

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Injured residents receive treatment outside the local clinic after a strong earthquake hit in Bener Meriah district in Central Aceh, Indonesia, July 2, 2013.

Injured residents receive treatment outside the local clinic after a strong earthquake hit in Bener Meriah district in Central Aceh, Indonesia, July 2, 2013.

Indonesian officials say the death toll has risen to 22 from a powerful earthquake on the northern tip of Sumatra Island.

Authorities say more than 200 people were injured and at least 1,500 homes damaged by the 6.1-magnitude quake that hit Aceh province Tuesday.

The worst-hit areas were in the districts of Bener Meriah and Central Aceh, where the quake triggered landslides and collapsed buildings. Rescue workers continue to search for an unknown number of people trapped under rubble.

Indonesia's Sumatra island is prone to earthquakes due to its location near fault lines encircling the Pacific Ocean, an area known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.

A huge 2004 earthquake off Aceh triggered a tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people in countries across the Indian Ocean. Most of the dead were in Aceh.

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