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