Over 80 people have died in an earthquake in West Sumatra.
The 5.8 Magnitude, or 6.3 on the Richter scale, earthquake on Sumatra island, occurring at 11.00am western Indonesia time, was felt hundreds of kilometres away in Singapore, where some office buildings were evacuated, and in neighboring Malaysia.
The tremors were most strongly felt in a number of West Sumatran towns including Solok, Tanah Datar, Padang Panjang, Padang Pariaman, and Bukit Tinggi, and also in Riau province.
Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi said that at least 70 people had been killed by the quake.
In Solok, the worst hit area, the natural disaster caused a school fire, killing four elementary students. Hospitals were said to be overflowing with patients, many of them with broken bones and cuts. At least one hospital was evacuated, sending panicked doctors and nurses fleeing with startled patients limping behind.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake struck 33 kilometres below Solok, on Sumatra's western coast, shattering windows and toppling power lines. It was followed by several strong aftershocks.
The tremor and at least one of the aftershocks was felt in Singapore, 430 kilometres from the epicentre, forcing the evacuation of several older office buildings. And in Malaysia's southern coastal city of Johor, citizens fled offices, buildings and shopping centres, eyewitnesses said.
Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.