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Aceh quake sends patients into panic

Publication Date : 24-06-2012


Patients at a hospital in Medan, North Sumatra, panicked after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Subulussalam, Aceh, yesterday morning.

The patients of Pirngadi General Hospital were so frightened that they started running for life as the quake hit at 11:34 a.m.

“Patients were anxious and fleeing, trying to get out of the hospital to save themselves,” hospital director Edison Peranginangin said as quoted by Antara news agency in Medan.

“Paramedics, doctors, midwives and nurses also ran out of the hospital, looking for a safe place.”

He said no damage was caused to the hospital.

Hundreds of patients, including children with IVs still attached to them, patients’ relatives and medics were seen standing in the hospital’s yard.

Hospital officials said that the quake caused no damage to the building and asked patients to return to their rooms minutes after the incident.

Meulaboh Nagan Raya Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency head Edi Darlupti earlier said the quake had no potential to cause a tsunami, but warned people of aftershocks.

Edi said the quake’s epicenter was located 24 kilometers northwest of Subulussalam at a depth of 103 kilometers, but was strongly felt in Meulaboh, West Aceh regency, about 250 kilometers away from the epicentre.


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