Earthquake in Indonesia's Sulawesi: At least 34 died

Two and a half years ago a huge quake and tsunami hit the island that killed thousands of people.

It is estimated that at least 34 people were killed and hundreds more injured after a 6.2-magnitute earthquake hit Indonesia's Sulawesi Island early at 1.28 a.m Jakarta time. The epicentre of the earthquake was six kilometres (3.7 miles) northeast of Majene city at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), according to Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.

In Majene, at least eight people died, 637 were injured and 15,000 residents have been displaced, according to the country's National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB). In the neighbouring Mamuju area, an additional 26 deaths were reported, BNPB said. It also said that thousands of people have also fled their homes to seek safety following the quake, which could be felt strongly for five to seven seconds and damaged at least 300 houses in Majene. Other buildings have also been badly damaged, including a military command office in Majene, and the Mitra Manakara private hospital, hotels and government buildings in the neighbouring Mamuju area. Many people are still trapped under collapsed buildings,

"Our obstacle here is that we don't have heavy equipment to rescue them," Saidar Rahmanjaya, Head of Local Search and Rescue Agency of Mamuju West Sulawesi, told local television.

Another difficulty was the lack of communication among rescue teams, as local telephone networks were down following the quake, he said, adding that there were eight locations where people were in urgent need of rescue.

The country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said the earthquake did not trigger a tsunami based on meteorology and climatology agency modelling. The earthquake also triggered a power outage and caused three landslides along the main road connecting Majene and Mamuju.
Indonesia is located on Pacific "Ring of Fire," which witnesses high tectonic activities and earthquakes.
 

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