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At least 35 dead as 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes West Sulawesi, Indonesia

Christian Fernsby |
At least 35 people were killed and hundreds were injured after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Majene regency in West Sulawesi and its surrounding areas this morning, with tremors reportedly felt in Central Sulawesi’s Palu and South Sulawesi’s Makassar.

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Topics: INDONESIA   

Indonesia’s Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) said the quake’s epicenter was 6 kilometers northeast of Majene. It hit at a depth of 10 kilometers at 2:28am local time. No tsunami warning was issued.

The earthquake also affected the neighboring regency of Mamuju, with local authorities reporting that West Sulawesi Governor’s office, a hotel, and a minimarket were heavily damaged as a result. Today’s earthquake was preceded by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Majene yesterday afternoon at around 2:30pm.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) reported that eight people died in the quake and 637 were injured as of 11:10am today. Around 16,000 people were reportedly displaced in the region.

The quake damaged one puskesmas (community health center) and triggered landslides in three spots along the Majene-Mamuju road, as well as resulting in blackouts and unstable cellular network in both regencies, among others.


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