The epicenter of the quake was near Padang, a city of 900,000 people where it caused widespread panic.Hundreds of buildings have been destroyed in the city. Officials have confirmed the deaths of at least 75 people and the toll is expected to go up. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has lifted the tsunami alert it had issued immediately after the quake.
Rustam Pakaya, head of the health ministry's crisis centre in Jakarta said
he feared the death toll to rise considerably as thousands are under the rubble of collapsed buildings.
Hundreds of houses have been damaged along the road. There are some fires, bridges are cut and there is extreme panic here, There are broken water pipes which triggered flooding.Thousands of people are trapped in the rubble of buildings.
Sumatra was hit hard by an earthquake of magnitude 9.3 on the Richter scale in December 2004, when a tsunami killed more than 230,000 people across the region.