A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook the region on Friday morning, killing at least 34 people and injuring more than 600 others. The epicenter was reported below the ground, six kilometers northeast of the city of Mazen, according to Indonesian authorities. At least 15,000 people have been displaced by the quake.
Indonesia is located on the Ring of the Volcano in the Pacific Ocean. In other words, due to its geographical location, Indonesia is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. Large earthquakes often hit the country. And it killed hundreds of people.
The quake was felt around 1 a.m., according to the country’s Disaster Management Agency. Many are trapped under the house because of deep sleep. However, there is a fear of a second strong earthquake within 24 hours. Thousands of people are leaving the area in fear. The epicenter was reported at 8 km northeast of the city. It originated at a depth of 10 km from the ground.
According to preliminary information provided by rescue workers, most of the people lost their lives in the town of Mazen. And 637 people were injured. Many people are still trapped in the rubble. The rest died in the neighboring town of Mamuju, where dozens were injured.
The biggest risk now is aftershocks, said Dwikorita Karanawati, head of the Geological Survey of Indonesia. At least 30 aftershocks have been felt since the quake. Again, there could be a big earthquake at any moment. There are even fears of a tsunami.
An earthquake on Sulawesi Island on Friday morning caused a hospital building north of the city of Mazen to collapse, leaving many patients and hospital staff trapped under rubble. “The hospital has collapsed and patients and staff are trapped,” said Arianto, a rescue worker. We are trying to reach them. ”
At least 26 of the dead died in the town of Mamuju. Eight more deaths were reported west of Sulawesi. Ali Rahman, head of the Mamuzur Disaster Mitigation Agency, said the death toll could rise but prayed that it would not happen … Many of the dead have been buried under rubble.
In 2018, another 6.2 magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the town of Palu on the island of Sulawesi. It killed hundreds of people.