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Sumatran Tsunami kills more than 100; Hundreds Missing

posted Oct 26, 2010, 9:09 AM by Eric Ackerman

JAKARTA — A tsunami that pounded remote islands in western Indonesia following an earthquake off the coast of Sumatra killed more than 100 people, officials said on Tuesday, and hundreds more were missing.

The 7.5 magnitude quake hit 78 km west of South Pagai, one of the Mentawai islands, late on Monday. Local legislator Hendri Dori Satoko told Metro TV the latest toll was 108 dead and 502 missing, Reuters reported.

The death toll stood at 113, according to The Associated Press. While there was no explanation for the different numbers, discrepancies are common the immediate aftermath of such events.

Photo Source: Arif Pribadi  /  EPA