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Death Toll in Indonesia Quake Passes 4,300

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Rescue workers in Indonesia's Java island are searching for survivors of Saturday's powerful earthquake as officials announced the death toll has exceeded 43-hundred people.

In parts of hard hit Yogyakarta province, workers say entire towns were nearly flattened in the six-point-three magnitude quake. Hundreds of aftershocks continue to shake the densely populated region.

Most of the casualties are reported in the town of Bantul, south of Yogyakarta city. Residents say grieving relatives are quickly burying the dead in village graveyards, in line with Islamic tradition.

Medical workers say they are struggling to care for the thousands injured and some 200-thousand left homeless.

The United States and several other nations have offered to send cash and help. Indonesian officials say damaged infrastructure is making it difficult to deliver supplies.

Saturday's earthquake was centered about 80 kilometers south of Mount Merapi, an active Indonesian volcano that scientists have warned could have a large eruption.

Following the quake, the volcano spewed hot gases and sent some debris tumbling down its side, but it was unclear if the activity was related to the tremor.

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