At least 34 people were killed, several trapped in building rubble, and hundreds more were left injured after a 6.2 quake struck the island of Sulawesi.
At least 34 people were killed, several trapped in building rubble, and hundreds more were left injured after a 6.2 earthquake struck the island of Sulawesi.
According to the USGS, the quake struck 36 km S of Mamuju at 18:28:18 (UTC), was centered at 3.005°S 118.924°E, and had a depth of 18.4 km.
Ali Rahman, head of the local disaster mitigation agency gave an initial figure of 26 but said that there could be more because some might be buried in the rubble.
The current count of 34 was later tallied after the National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) reported that at least eight people had died in an area south of Mamuju.
Aside from the deaths, Indonesian media outlets have reported that six patients and their families were trapped when parts of the Mitra Manakarra hospital in Mamuju collapsed because of the strong quake.
Aside from the hospital, hotels, a government building, and several homes were destroyed while a military building also collapsed in Majene.
In Majene, 600 residents were injured while 15,000 have been left homeless.
Rescuers are still trying to find bodies or survivors from the rubble but have experienced equipment shortages and communication problems after local telephone networks went down.
“Our obstacles here is that we don’t have heavy equipment to rescue them,” said Saidar Rahmanjaya, Head of West Sulawesi’s Local Search and Rescue Agency.
Power and electricity are still down in the region while most roads are still blocked after landslides were triggered.