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Rescuers use heavy machine to search for survivors under the rubble of a collapsed building after an earthquake in Pidie Jaya, Aceh province, Indonesia, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing a number of people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)

Dozens of people were killed after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia


UPDATE 6:21 a.m. EST:

The death toll in the earthquake in Aceh, Indonesia has risen to 97. 

Hundreds of soldiers have been deployed to carry out rescue missions; National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said more than 200 shops and residences were either severely damaged or completely flattened. 

About 148 million Indonesians, more than half the country's population, live in quake-prone areas, he said.

Dozens of people were killed after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia

WATCH | Here's the scene of some of the wreckage and rescue efforts.


Several people were killed when a strong undersea earthquake struck the Indonesian province of Aceh early Wednesday. 

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the 6.5-magnitude earthquake was centered about 6 miles north of Reuleut.

Indonesia's Climate, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency noted that there is no risk for a tsunami. 

Local TV footage from the aftermath of the quake reportedly showed collapsed buildings and people going to a makeshift emergency center for treatment. 

At this time, there is no word on how many people were injured or killed in the quake. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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