Death toll likely to rise after 6.5-magnitude quake hits Indonesia

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Indonesian rescue workers carry a survivor from a fallen building after an earthquake in Ulee Glee, Pidie Jaya, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia December 7, 2016. Antara Foto/Ampelsa/via REUTERS

Indonesian rescue workers carry a survivor from a fallen building after an earthquake in Ulee Glee, Pidie Jaya, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia December 7, 2016. Antara Foto/Ampelsa/via REUTERS

At least 97 people are dead after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia early Wednesday, and officials said they will likely find more bodies in the aftermath.

The quake struck shortly after 5 a.m. local time 11 miles beneath the surface of waters north of Reuleut, a town in northearn Aceh province, according to the Associated Press.

Injured people receive medical attention at a hospital following a Dec. 7 earthquake in Sigli, Pidie regency, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia. Antara Foto/Irwansyah Putra/via REUTERS

Injured people receive medical attention at a hospital following an earthquake in Sigli, Pidie regency, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia December 7, 2016 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Irwansyah Putra/via REUTERS

Rescue efforts are underway to retrieve survivors, and hospitals are overwhelmed while treating the wounded in Aceh province, the Associated Press reported. Officials with Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency said more than half the country’s 250 million people live in areas that regularly experience earthquakes.

Motorcyclists pass a damaged section of a road following a Dec. 7 earthquake in Meuredu, Pidie Jaya, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia.  Antara Foto/Irwansyah Putra/via REUTERS

Motorcyclists pass a damaged section of a road following a Dec. 7 earthquake in Meuredu, Pidie Jaya, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia. Antara Foto/Irwansyah Putra/via REUTERS

Officials said no risk of a tsunami followed the quake, the Associated Press reported. In 2004, more than 130,000 people died in Aceh province after a massive earthquake triggered a tsunami that swept the region. In the years that followed, people in the region combatted mental health issues and faced rising religious intolerance with the onset of Sharia law.

People walk near a collapsed mosque following a Dec. 7 earthquake in Meuredu, Pidie Jaya in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia.  Antara Foto/ Irwansyah Putra/via REUTERS

People walk near a collapsed mosque following a Dec. 7 earthquake in Meuredu, Pidie Jaya in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia. Antara Foto/ Irwansyah Putra/via REUTERS

Rescue workers try to remove a victim from a collapsed building following a Dec. 7 earthquake in Lueng Putu, Pidie Jaya in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia. Antara Foto/Irwansyah Putra/via REUTERS

Rescue workers try to remove a victim from a collapsed building following a Dec. 7 earthquake in Lueng Putu, Pidie Jaya in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia. Antara Foto/Irwansyah Putra/via REUTERS

Injured people receive medical attention at a hospital following a Dec. 7 earthquake in Sigli, Pidie regency, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia. Antara Foto/Irwansyah Putra/via REUTERS

Injured people receive medical attention at a hospital following a Dec. 7 earthquake in Sigli, Pidie regency, in the northern province of Aceh, Indonesia. Antara Foto/Irwansyah Putra/via REUTERS

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