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19 Dead in Indonesian Earthquake


Rescue workers in Indonesia are searching through the rubble of buildings collapsed by a powerful earthquake on the island of Alor.

The quake, which measured 6 on the Richter scale, struck before dawn Friday, killing at least 19 people. That figure could rise as rescuers reach remote villages.

The quake destroyed or damaged thousands of buildings, cut electricity to much of the island and ripped apart roads, making rescue work more difficult.

Residents have moved into tents, afraid of returning to their homes, as aftershocks continued to shake the region Saturday.

Officials say sacks of rice, medicine and tents have begun arriving.

Hundreds of earthquakes shake the Indonesian archipelago each year because of its location on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire.