A collapsed mosque minaret is seen after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the town of Pidie, Indonesia's Aceh province in northern Sumatra, on December 7, 2016.

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A number of mosques and different buildings collapsed

An undersea earthquake off Indonesia’s Aceh province has killed at the very least 24 folks, with dozens feared trapped in rubble, authorities stated.

The 6.four magnitude quake struck close to the city of Sigli on Sumatra island the place dozens of buildings have collapsed.

Indonesia’s meteorological company stated there was no danger of a tsunami.

In 2004, Aceh was devastated by a tsunami brought on by a large undersea earthquake that killed 120,000 folks within the province.

The US Geological Survey stated the earthquake struck simply offshore at 05:03 native time (22:03 GMT Tuesday) at a depth of 17.2km (11 miles).

Stated Mulyadi, deputy district chief of Pidie Jaya, the area hit hardest by the quake, confirmed the demise toll to BBC Indonesian, however stated it may rise.

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Rescuers are trying to find survivors

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Authorities worry the demise toll may rise as a result of persons are trapped within the rubble

Native authorities say heavy gear is getting used to seek for survivors.

The quake additionally shook the close by provincial capital of Banda Aceh and prompted many individuals to flee their houses and workplaces throughout the area.

The island of Sumatra has been hit by a number of earthquakes this yr.

Indonesia is vulnerable to earthquakes as a result of it lies on the infamous Ring of Hearth – the road of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles just about all the Pacific rim.