A 6.2 magnitude earthquake Hits Indonesia
An earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island killed at least 26 people, injured hundreds, and caused damage to many buildings. The country’s meteorological agency has issued a warning stating the risk of more aftershocks, potentially strong enough to produce a tsunami.
“The hospital is flattened — it collapsed,” said Arianto from the rescue agency in Mamuju city, who goes by one name.
“There are patients and hospital employees trapped under the rubble and we’re now trying to reach them,” he added, without giving a specific figure.
The earthquake was felt strongly for about seven seconds but did not trigger a tsunami warning. Thousands fled their homes to seek safety just when the earthquake hit minutes after 1 am local time on Friday morning.
Hours earlier on Thursday, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck in the same district causing damage to several homes. The Disaster Agency of Indonesia said that a series of earthquakes in the past 24 hours caused a minimum of three landslides, which led the electricity supply to be cut off for safety reasons.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 260 million people, is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis because of its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.
A powerful Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia.