Indonesia earthquake: At least 34 people are killed and hundreds injured in a powerful earthquake in Sulawesi

The epicenter of the earthquake that struck Jakarta was 1:28 am Time, six kilometers (3.7 mi) northeast of Mageni at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 mi), according to the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

In Mageni, at least eight people were killed, 637 injured, and 15,000 residents displaced, according to the country’s National Disaster Management Board (BNPB). The office said another 26 deaths were in the neighboring Mamuju district.

The bank said thousands of residents had fled their homes in search of safety following the quake, which could be felt strongly for five to seven seconds and damaged at least 300 homes in Mageni.

Other buildings were also badly damaged, including the military headquarters office in Mageni, and hotels and government buildings in the neighboring Mamuju area.

Many people are still trapped under the collapsing buildings, according to local search and rescue teams.

“Our priority is to rescue the victims who are still buried under the buildings,” Safaruddin Sanusi, head of Communications and Information in West Sulawesi, told CNN on Friday. For example in [West Sulawesi governor’s office] We are still trying to evacuate two security guards who are trapped inside. “

He added that nearly half of the buildings in Mamuju were damaged by the earthquake.

“Most [the] People in Mamuju are now displaced. They are afraid to stay home. “

The communications chief also said the quake destroyed four of Mamuju’s largest hospitals.

Mitra Manakara [Hospital] This earthquake destroyed, while three others, Mamuju Central Hospital, Bhaiyangkara Hospital and Regional Hospital in [a] He said “.

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“We need more rescue equipment and more personnel to act quickly [on] Rescue the victims trapped under the building. “

“The hitch here is that we don’t have heavy equipment to rescue them,” Cedar Rahmanjaya, head of the local search and rescue agency in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, told local television.

Arianto Ardi, Mamuju’s head of search and rescue agency, told CNN that officials have completed evictions in three homes that were cleared of the earthquake.

The agency evacuated eight people from the first house. Three survived, and five people died.

Another difficulty, he added, was the lack of communication between rescue teams, as local phone networks were disrupted in the aftermath of the earthquake, adding that there were eight locations where people were in urgent need of rescue.

Shala El-Din Salman, a Mamuju resident, said many people were trapped because they were asleep when the earthquake struck in the middle of the night.

He told CNN after we saved four family members, but one of them still couldn’t be evacuated. “(He) is trapped inside the building. We think he’s dead.”

Shalaleddin said he was concerned that many people had been trapped under the rubble of the private Mitra Manakara Hospital, an eight-storey building that had been leveled by the earthquake.

Meanwhile, thousands of people who have managed to flee have chosen to stay away from their homes for fear of another earthquake or tsunami, said the chief commissioner of West Sulawesi Police, Siamso Radwan.

“Some of them are going to the highest place to avoid a tsunami, although we have confirmation that we do not have any tsunamis after this big earthquake,” he said.

Search and rescue operations are underway after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia in West Sulawesi on Friday.

The country’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said the earthquake did not cause a tsunami, based on the Meteorology and Climatology Agency modeling.

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The earthquake also caused blackouts and triggered three landslides along the main road linking Majin and Mamuju.

Hours earlier, on Thursday, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the same neighborhood, damaging several homes.

Motorists pass near the wreck of a car damaged in an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Along the so-called “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific Ocean, earthquakes are regularly hit in Indonesia, a country of high tectonic activity.

In 2018, a devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Palu, Sulawesi, killing thousands of people.

Additional report from Reuters.

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