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Indonesian Quake Toll Rises to 57 བོད་སྐད།


Rescue workers on Indonesia's Java island are digging through rock and debris with their bare hands in hopes of finding villagers believed to be buried in a landslide triggered by a strong earthquake.

Officials say the 7.0-magnitude earthquake, which struck Wednesday off Java island's coast, has killed at least 49 people and injured more than 300 others.

Officials say more than 700 buildings across West Java province were toppled or badly damage during the quake.

In the West Java village of Cikangkareng, a landslide buried a row of homes under tons of rock and mud. Rescue workers were forced to use their hands to dig for those believed to be trapped because heavy digging equipment has yet to reach the village.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is expected to visit the village later Thursday. So far, officials say many of the deaths and injuries were caused by falling debris or collapsed roofs or walls.

Wednesday's earthquake struck offshore, about 200 kilometers southeast of the capital, Jakarta.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the underwater quake struck at a depth of about 50 kilometers.

In 2004, more than 200,000 people were killed when an undersea earthquake triggered a tsunami that struck several nations along the Indian Ocean. More than half of the fatalities occurred in Indonesia's Aceh province.

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