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Video: Indonesians dig out from widespread earthquake destruction

Reuters correspondent Kanupriya Kapoor describes in a Skype interview the damages caused by Wednesday’s earthquake in Indonesia.

In the early morning hours Wednesday, Indonesia was hit by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake, which collapsed buildings, ripped apart streets and sent people to area hospitals. Nearly 100 people were killed.

“A lot of people, when they felt it, they went sort of panicking into the streets and that’s when a lot of buildings came down,” said Reuters correspondent Kanupriya Kapoor in a Skype interview.

Within hours, the Indonesian government dispatched workers to the region to dig people out of the rubble. They mostly suffered from broken bones and gashes, Kapoor said.

The destruction was concentrated in Pidie Jaya in the Aceh region — an area hard hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

All photos by Reuters.

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