Global Sea Ice Extent

September 17th Data:

Arctic Sea Ice: 1.2 Million km

Antarctic Sea Ice: 1.5 million km

Net Global Sea Ice Deviation: 0.3 million km

Earthquake kills 7 on Indonesia's Sumatra island

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) ? An earthquake killed seven people and injured more than 100 others Monday, spreading panic across a large swath of the Indonesian island worst hit by the 2004 Asian tsunami, witnesses and officials said.

The 5.5-magnitude tremor struck just before dawn, triggering landslides that hampered emergency efforts, destroying or damaging more than 680 homes and sending frightened residents of Sumatra fleeing into the streets.

It was followed by several aftershocks that kept people on edge in the worst-hit region.

"Our rescue teams are facing difficulties reaching the affected areas because landslides are blocking roads," said Josikar Tanjung, an employee at the north Sumatra governor's office, adding that some heavy equipment had gotten through.

Six people, including two children, were killed by falling debris, while an elderly person died from a heart attack, apparently triggered by the shock of the earthquake, Tanjung said.

At least 1,000 people made homeless in the disaster were sheltering under tents or local government buildings, said government spokesman Edy Sofyan.

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Usually I'd post an earthquake in the eq section but since we are dealing with Toba's home island of Sumatra, I decided to post this in here. There was a 5.8 to the north of Toba and a 5.5 south of it. Depths are a little odd being 30km deep to the north and only 17km in the southern 5.5.

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