Friday, January 15, 2021

3 killed, 14 trapped after 6.2-magnitude quake jolts Indonesia -

At least three people were killed and 14 others were buried under the rubble after a 6.2-magnitude quake jolted Indonesia's West Sulawesi province early Friday, the National Search and Rescue Office said.

"The report from the rescuers on the scene said at least 17 people became the victims of the quake. Pictures showed three bodies under big parts of debris," spokesman of the National Search and Rescue Office Yusuf Latief told Xinhua.

Rescuers were struggling to pull out the victims under the rubble, head of operation unit of the provincial search and rescue office Fathur Rahman told Xinhua via phone.

The quake destroyed hospitals, the main building of the governor office, hotels and houses in the province, said Fajri Mursalin, a rescuer at the provincial search and rescue office.

Rescuers, policemen and volunteers were struggling to extricate the victims trapped under the debris, the rescuer told Xinhua.

Reinforcement of personnel from the search and rescue office in the province have been sent to quake-hit Majene district, which was also impacted by the quake, he said.


  1. Rescuers are searching through the rubble of a partially-collapsed Indonesian hospital after a deadly earthquake struck the island of Sulawesi, leaving at least 30 dead.

    The 6.2-magnitude quake on Friday morning came just hours after an earlier, smaller tremor.

    Hundreds of people were injured and thousands displaced by the quake.

    Indonesia has a history of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis with more than 2,000 killed in a 2018 Sulawesi quake.

    Local media have reported that six patients and their families were trapped when parts of the Mitra Manakarra hospital in the town of Mamuju collapsed.

    Arianto, from the rescue agency in Mamuju city, told news agency AFP they were trying to reach those trapped. He did not specify a number.

  2. At least 34 killed, several trapped in collapsed buildings after a 6.2 quake as expert warns of aftershocks.

  3. At least 35 people have died after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's West Sulawesi province, the National Disaster Management Agency said on Friday.

    "Nine people died in Majene district, and 26 others in Mamuju district, bringing the total death toll to 35," said the West Sulawesi Provincial Disaster Management Agency's head Darno Majid.

    In addition, 637 people were injured and around 15,000 others were displaced at 10 evacuation posts.

    The earthquake also damaged around 300 houses, hotels, government buildings, hospitals and minimarkets besides cutting off electricity, communications, and roads.

    The earthquake rocked West Sulawesi at 2:28 a.m. local times, with an epicenter at 6 km northeast of Majene, and a depth of 10 km.

    On Thursday, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook the same location at 2:35 p.m. local time.

    The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency noted that 28 earthquakes had occurred at the same location since Thursday, and aftershocks were still possible.


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