6.1 quake hits Indonesia, 11 dead

An earthquake killed six children and left 14 others trapped when a mosque collapsed during a Koran reading session in Indonesia’s Aceh province, bringing the confirmed death toll from the disaster to 11.

The strong 6.1-magnitude quake left hundreds more injured as it rocked a region that was devastated by the quake-triggered tsunami of 2004.

The earthquake reduced houses in parts of Aceh to rubble, set off several landslides and badly damaged roads.

Rescuers were struggling o find the children still trapped after the mosque collapse in Blang Mancung village, Central Aceh district.

The quake, which hit at a shallow depth of just 10 kilometres, injured more than 200 people and damaged more than 300 houses in Aceh, said national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

As police and military personnel struggled to reach affected areas late Tuesday, there were two aftershocks of more than 5.0 magnitude.

-nzherald