The 6.2 magnitude earthquake, Indonesia’s 3rd fatal disaster in a week, hit Sulawesi island, devastating a hospital, destroying homes, and stimulating landslides. The nation’s disaster mitigation agency said as frightened residents fled to safer areas after many buildings were devastated.
“The hospital is flattened — it collapsed,” said a recue officer from the rescue agency in Mamuju city, who goes by one name. He added without giving a detailed number, “There are patients and hospital staffs trapped under the debris and we’re now trying to reach them”.
Hundreds of startled residents escaped their houses for higher ground when the 6.2 magnitude tremor struck 3.73 miles (6 km) northeast of the town of Majene, at a depth of just 10 km, just before 1.30 A.M.
“The newest statistics we have is that 42 residents are deceased in the city of Mamuju,” said Ali Rahman, head of the local disaster mitigation department, adding “that number could grow”.
In Majene, no less than eight people died, 637 were injured and 15,500 people have been moved, according to the nation’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB).
“I’m scared to say how many fatalities,” said Ardiansyah, an emergency response official for West Sulawesi Province. “We are still abandoning and instituting shelters. Many people are buried under the wrecks.”
Videos on social-media displayed residents escaping to higher ground on motorbikes, and a child stuck under the debris as people tried to take out wreckage with their bare hands.
The sensitive seismic activity set off three landslides, disconnected electricity supplies, and ravaged bridges connecting to regional hubs, such as the Makassar city.
Primary information from the national disaster mitigation department showed 640 injured in Majene and about 20 in Mamuju.
The United States Geological Survey informed that the earthquake’s epicenter was 22 miles (36 kilometers) south of Mamuju and it had a comparatively shallow depth of 18 kilometers.
Overlapping the alleged Pacific “Ring of Fire,” Indonesia, a country of high tectonic activity, is frequently hit by earthquakes.