JAKARTA, INDONESIA — A powerful earthquake flattened a number of buildings today in western Indonesia, killing at least 10 people and packing hospitals with scores of injured, officials and media reports said.
The magnitude 6.3 quake on the island of Sumatra was felt hundreds of miles away in Singapore, where some office buildings were evacuated, and in neighboring Malaysia.
Some reports put the number of dead as high as 34, but those figures had not been confirmed officially.
Gusmal, a Solok district official who like many Indonesians uses only one name, said the 10 fatalities included three people who were trapped inside a collapsed home that burst into flames.
The quake killed at least two young children and a teacher when a two-story building crashed onto a playground in the Sumatran town of Solok, and another woman died at a market, said police spokesman Supriadi.