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December 29, 2004

60km from epicentre, a city lies in ruins

Topics: International News

-theAge (Australia) Dec  30.
From the air, it could be Hiroshima - a town hit with such devastating force it has literally been flattened.

Lone buildings and palm trees inexplicably left standing are all that remains of the Indonesian town of Meulaboh - about 60 kilometres north-east of the epicentre of Sunday's earthquake.

From the air it looks like the people of this town, on the west coast of Sumatra, never had the chance to run.

Huge waves swept in from the Indian Ocean, smashing virtually every building in their path.

Mayor Tengku Zulkarnaen said three-quarters of his city of 95,000 people had been washed away. "We can't calculate it all now, but a rough estimate is tens of thousands dead," he told El Shinta radio.
(click image to enlarge-Meulaboh from the air yesterday)

Yesterday The Age flew over Meulaboh in the first plane carrying emergency supplies to the island of Simeulue, a town 60 kilometres south of where the earthquake struck deep below the seabed.

In an incredible twist of fate, only five of the 70,000 villagers on Simeulue were killed, all of them in the earthquake that struck at 7.55am last Sunday. Continue reading...

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