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    present participle

    A mega earthquake hit the North of Indonesia yesterday, killing / killed 129 people.

    Could you tell me which one is correct?

    If the "killing" is correct, does it mean the following?

    A mega earthquake hit the North of Indonesia yesterday and was killing 129 people.

    But I felt a bit strange about this sentence.

    Could you give me a helping help? Thank you.

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    Re: present participle

    It's the participle, killing.

    And in the process, killed.
    As a result, it killed.

    I scratched absently at the scab, causing it to bleed. = and in doing so, I made it bleed.
    He referred to these professional women as "girls," offending many present. = in as a result, he offended people.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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