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5.5 magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia, previous earthquake claimed more than 90 lives

Christian Fernsby |
A 5.5 magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia’s southeast province of Maluku on January 20, but there is no risk of tsunami.

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Topics: INDONESIA   

The Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) of Indonesia said that the quake’s epicentre was 10 km deep and 112 km southwest of the centre of Maluku.

There has been no report on casualties or damage.

On January 15, a earthquake of 6.2 magnitude claimed more than 90 lives and injured over 820 people in Majene district and coastal city Mamuju of West Sulawesi province. About 28,000 people were displaced.

Grocery stores, gas stations and other shops were reopening in a quake-hit Indonesian city on Wednesday where debris still covered streets and searchers continued to dig in the rubble for more victims.

Immediate food and water needs have been met and the local government has started to function again in the hardest-hit city of Mamuju and the neighbouring district of Majene on Sulawesi island, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s spokesperson Raditya Jati said in a statement.

Thousands of people are sleeping outdoors, fearing aftershocks, and the streets of Mamuju were still covered in debris.

Indonesia will rebuild homes and buildings ravaged by a powerful earthquake that struck Sulawesi island last week, President Joko Widodo said on Tuesday.


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