Second Earthquake Rocks South Pacific

PADANG, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesian officials now say more than
500 people were killed and more than 400 were seriously injured
after two powerful earthquakes struck the Southeast Asian nation in
as many days.

The U.S. Geological Survey says this morning's quake hit about
150 miles south of Padang, a coastal city of 900,000 and capital of
West Sumatra province.

The Social Affairs Ministry's crisis center says of the 529
confirmed deaths, 376 occurred in Padang. The rest were in four
surrounding districts.

Many people are believed still trapped under collapsed
buildings.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is flying to Padang.

He says the government will do everything it can to help the
victims.

The president has ordered the military to deploy all its crisis
centers in Jakarta, West Sumatra and North Sumatra provinces and
says the military will provide earth-moving equipment to clear the
rubble.


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