Jakarta, January 15 The Disaster Relief Department of West Sulawesi Province of Indonesia said on the 15th that a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in West Sulawesi Province in the early morning of the same day had killed 35 people and injured 637 others, including 189 seriously.
Indonesia’s National Disaster Relief Agency said in a statement that 16,000 people have been evacuated from the affected areas and placed in 10 temporary shelters.
In Mamuju, the capital of West Sulawesi Province, hundreds of homes, a provincial government building, and a hotel, hospital and supermarket were severely damaged in the earthquake.
Local power is outage and communication is intermittent. The road connecting Majne County and Mamuju has not been restored due to traffic disruption due to multiple landslides.
The statement said that the rescue team composed of the Indonesian National Disaster Relief Agency, together with the Indonesian National Army and the police, the National Search and Rescue Service, local health agencies and volunteers, is actively treating the wounded, building emergency shelters, helping people evacuate and counting casualties and property losses.
In addition to food, blankets and cushions, tents, medical supplies are urgently needed in the disaster area, and heavy machinery and communication equipment such as excavators are needed, the statement said.
According to the website of Indonesia Meteorological, Climate and Geophysical Bureau, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurred at 1:28 Jakarta time (2:28 Beijing time) in Majne County, West Sulawesi Province, with a focal depth of 10 kilometers.
Indonesia is located in the Pacific Rim seismic belt, with thousands of earthquakes every year.
In September 2018, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake occurred in Donggara District, Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia.
The earthquake and the tsunami caused by it killed more than 2,000 people.