Jakarta, January 17 Indonesia’s National Disaster Relief Agency said on the 17th that a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia’s West Sulawesi Province has killed 56 people a few days ago, and the joint rescue team is working intensively.
A spokesman for Indonesia’s National Disaster Relief Agency said in a statement that Mamuju, the capital of West Sulawesi Province, and Majne County, where the earthquake was the epicenter, were the hardest hit areas.
As of 2000 hours on the 16th, the earthquake had killed 47 and 9 people in the two areas, and the number of serious injuries reached 189 and 12 respectively.
As search and rescue and statistics continue, the number of casualties is expected to increase.
The statement said that power supply in parts of Mamuju and Majne counties has returned to normal and communication conditions have improved.
The main road connecting Mamuju and Majne district returned to normal traffic on the afternoon of the 16th.
According to the website of the Indonesian Meteorological, Climate and Geophysical Bureau, an earthquake measuring 6.2 occurred at 1:28 Jakarta time on the 15th (2:28 Beijing time on the 15th), with a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in Majne County, West Sulawesi Province, with a focal depth of 10 kilometers.
On the morning of the 16th, a 5.0 magnitude aftershock occurred in Majene County, with a focal depth of 10 kilometers. The earthquake did not cause a tsunami.
Indonesia’s National Disaster Relief Agency reminds local residents to remain calm and alert to the possibility of high-intensity aftershocks.
A joint rescue team composed of the Indonesian National Disaster Relief Agency, the Indonesian National Army and police, the National Search and Rescue Agency, local health agencies and volunteers are intensively searching for survivors buried under the ruins.
Indonesia is located in the Pacific Rim seismic belt, and earthquakes occur frequently 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.