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Last Updated: Thursday October 01 2009 05:01 GMT

Big earthquake in Indonesia

Street where buildings have collapsed

An earthquake has hit Indonesia in south-east Asia, trapping thousands of people underneath rubble.

It's thought that 75 people died as the result of the tremor which happened about 30 miles off the coast of an island called Sumatra.

The quake came just a few hours after a tsunami from a separate earthquake killed more than 100 people in the South Pacific.

Experts say the two disasters are not related to each other.

A tsunami watch was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center following the tremor, which measured 7.6 on the Richter scale. The warning was later lifted.

Buildings collapsed

The city of Padang, which is very close to the coast, is among the areas hardest hit.

Officials say the number of people killed in the disaster is likely to rise as so many buildings including schools, shops and hotels had collapsed.