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In pictures: Sumatra earthquakes

A crack in the road in Air Besi in North Bengkulu, Indonesia

The Indonesian island of Sumatra has been hit by at least two strong earthquakes, and several aftershocks.

A man injured in the earthquake is treated in the open air at a hospital in Bengkulu, Indonesia

Several people have been killed and injured and officials fear bad communications could be hiding the scale of the impact.

Residents and rescuers inspect a building destroyed by an earthquake in Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia

When the first earthquake hit on Wednesday, buildings collapsed, sending panicked residents onto the streets.

Office workers in Jakarta after an earthquake in Sumatra

Hundreds of miles away in the capital, Jakarta, office buildings swayed, spreading fear among office workers.

A resident salvages items from her home in Air Besi in North Bengkulu, Indonesia

US seismologists described the 8.4-magnitude earthquake as the strongest recorded anywhere this year.

Indonesian policemen clean debris from a damaged mosque in Bengkulu, Indonesia

The second quake, registering a magnitude of 7.7, hit as the government was arranging relief supplies and sending assessment teams to the area.

Sri Lankan women rush with their belongings to safer area, after a tsunami warning in Colombo

Tsunami warnings were repeatedly issued and lifted around the Indian Ocean, spreading panic in many countries in the region.

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