Man dies after earthquake hits Indonesia

A powerful earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.6, jolted western Indonesia early today, killing a man and sending panicked residents fleeing from their homes across Sumatra island's northern tip.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho from the National Disaster Management Agency said a 70-year-old man who was suffering from hypertension died as he fled in panic and fell, but there were no other casualties reported and no reports of damage.