4,600 killed in Indonesia quake; China offers aid
Updated: 2006-05-28 08:32 MANY STILL IN BED
Saturday's dawn quake struck while many were still in bed. Houses in the area
tended to be poorly constructed, their wooden roofs collapsing on occupants when
the quake shook.
Name tags are hung on the foot of quake
victims outside the morgue at a hospital in Yogyakarta May 27, 2006. A
powerful earthquake struck around Indonesia's royal city of Yogyakarta on
Saturday, killing more than 4,600 people as houses and buildings collapsed
near ancient heritage sites. [Reuters]
Hospitals struggled to cope. Hundreds of people crammed the corridors and
grounds of Yogyakarta's Bethesda hospital.
"There's a lot of severe injuries. It was definitely overwhelmed," said
hospital volunteer Andrew Jeremijenko.
"I've been to the other hospitals. They're all overwhelmed. There are not
enough nurses or doctors to cope with the load."
Saturday's quake was the third major tremor to hit Indonesia in 18 months.
The worst, the December 26, 2004 quake and its resulting tsunami, left some
170,000 people dead or missing around Aceh. Indonesia sits on the Asia-Pacific's
so-called "Ring of Fire," marked by heavy volcanic and tectonic activity.
On Sunday morning, a quake measuring 6.7 in magnitude struck the South
Pacific island nation of Tonga and the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea
was shaken by a 6.2 magnitude quake, the U.S. Geological Survey said.