Last updated: 30 september, 2009 - 16:46 GMT

Sumatra earthquake kills hundreds

A boy stands near a building flattened by an earthquake in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009

More than 520 people are so far confirmed to have died on the Indonesian island of Sumatra as a result of Wednesday's earthquake.

A map showing the location of the epicentre of the earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia

The earthquake struck at 1016 GMT on Wednesday 30 September

The 7.6-magnitude quake caused hundreds of buildings to collapse in the city of Padang, and the casualty figures are expected to rise.

Rescue efforts are being hampered as roads, power and communication have been cut.

Jane Liddon is a businesswoman in Padang.

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David Lange of the charity SurfAid International is also in the city.

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First broadcast 1 October 2009

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