IN PHOTOS: Dark scenes from the Indonesia earthquake
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A powerful 6.5-magnitude quake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island Wednesday, December 7 killing at least 97 people as rescue workers continued to pull more bodies from the rubble of scores of shattered buildings.
Hundreds lost their homes and have sought refuge at mosques, while hospitals in Pidie Jaya which was hardest hit are overwhelmed with the number of victims. The death toll is expected to rise.
Rescue efforts continued through the night in an effort to find survivors, but were hampered by rains and electric blackouts. Aid has also been deployed by the central government. The province of Aceh has declated a 2-week state of emergency.
Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.
Aceh lies on the northern tip of Sumatra island, which is particularly prone to quakes. Below are photos of the earthquake's aftermath: