Quake in Indonesia’s Sulawesi kills at least 10, injures hundreds

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island killed at least 10 people and hurt hundreds on Friday, with the country’s meteorological company warning of the danger of a lot more aftershocks, most likely strong plenty of to create a tsunami.

Friday’s powerful quake struck 6 km (3.73 miles) northeast of Majene, at a rather shallow depth of 10 km, just before 1.30 am on Friday, sending hundreds of panicked residents out of their residences and fleeing for better ground.

Safaruddin Sanusi, a spokesman for the West Sulawesi provincial governing administration, advised Reuters that 10 individuals had died in Majene, and in the neighbouring district of Mamuju, with a lot more fatalities probable amid ongoing look for and rescue attempts.

Original data from Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency showed that 637 men and women had been hurt in Majene, and two dozen in Mamuju.

The quake did not set off a tsunami warning, but the head of Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Dwikorita Karnawati, informed a news conference that powerful aftershocks could adhere to, with a possibility that yet another potent quake could induce a tsunami.

There experienced been at least 26 aftershocks in the place in the past day, he mentioned, with Friday’s quake preceded by a 5.9 magnitude quake on Thursday afternoon.

“Praise be to God, for now (the problem) is Ok, but we just felt an additional aftershock,” mentioned 26-year-old resident Sukri Efendy.

Graphic: Quake in Indonesia’s Sulawesi

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The string of earthquakes brought about 3 landslides, ruined bridges to regional hubs these types of as the metropolis of Makassar, and damaged additional than 60 households, two inns and the provincial governor’s office. Energy in the location is also out.

West Sulawesi provincial government spokesman Safaruddin stated authorities desperately needed to restore telecommunication networks and mend several harmed bridges, as very well as produce tents, staple food items and medical provides.

As the head of the Indonesia’s catastrophe agency and social affairs minister are scheduled to fly to the space, photos of the aftermath have emerged on social media.

Movies have confirmed citizens fleeing to higher floor on bikes, and a child trapped under the rubble as people tried out to clear away particles with their bare arms.

Straddling the so-referred to as Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, Indonesia, a country of superior tectonic activity, is consistently strike by earthquakes.

In 2018, a devastating 6.2-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami struck the town of Palu, in Sulawesi, killing 1000’s of persons.

Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Stanley Widianto Supplemental reporting by Angie Teo Creating by Kate Lamb Enhancing by Ed Davies, Karishma Singh and Gerry Doyle