Massive Quake Strikes Sumatra

A massive 8.4-magnitude earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday, toppling buildings and triggering a tsunami alert across the Indian Ocean region.
There was no immediate word on the full extent of casualties and damage, but at least ten people were reported killed and dozens injured in the quake, which split open buildings 300 kilometres (185 miles) from the epicentre.
In the capital Jakarta 600 kilometres further south, high-rise towers wobbled, water sloshed from swimming pools and panicked office workers ran into the streets. Elsewhere, power was knocked out and phone lines went dead.