Indonesia natural disaster: Hospital flattened as deadly magnitude 6.2 tremor rocks Sulawesi island

Clay Curtis
January 15, 2021

Videos have showed residents fleeing to higher ground on motorcycles, and a child trapped under the rubble as people tried to remove debris with their bare hands.

"Please help me", the girl said to rescuers, who replied that they desperately wanted to help her.

Thousands had fled their homes to seek safety when the quake hit just after 1am local time this morning, damaging at least 60 homes, the agency said.

At least 34 people have been killed and hundreds injured, authorities said.

It said at least 300 houses and a health clinic were damaged and about 15,000 people were being housed in temporary shelters in the district.

"There are patients and hospital employees trapped under the rubble and we're now trying to reach them", he told AFP news agency, without giving a specific figure.

Mr Idris said seven people were confirmed dead so far in Mamuju.

Rescuer Saidar Rahmanjaya said a lack of heavy equipment was hampering the operation to clear the rubble from collapsed houses and buildings.

"Roads are cracked and many buildings collapsed, including the governor's office as well as the hospital".

"Praise be to God, for now (the situation) is OK, but we just felt another aftershock", said 26-year-old resident Sukri Efendy.

Three dead, 24 injured after strong quake in Indonesia's Sulawesi

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Raditya Jati said three people had been killed and 24 injured.

Mr Sirajuddin, who goes by one name, said although the inland natural disaster did not have the potential to cause a tsunami, people along coastal areas ran to higher ground in fear one might occur.

"My children there... they are trapped inside, please help", he cried.

A magnitude 6.2 quake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, damaged buildings, caused landslides and killed at least 15.

Hours earlier on Thursday, a 5.9-magnitude natural disaster struck in the same district damaging several houses, but causing no apparent casualties.

The natural disaster and aftershocks caused three landslides, cut electricity and damaged bridges to regional hubs such as the city of Makassar.

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.

Indonesia has a history of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis with more than 2,000 killed in a 2018 Sulawesi quake. More than 4,000 people died, numerous victims buried when whole neighborhoods were swallowed in the falling ground.

Strong aftershocks could follow a 6.2 magnitude quake that struck Indonesia's Sulawesi island early on Friday, the chief of Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics agency (BMKG) said.

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