Buildings destroyed as lethal quake hits Indonesia’s Sulawesi

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Not less than seven individuals killed and tons of injured after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck close to the town of Majene in Sulawesi island.

Not less than three individuals have been killed and tons of injured after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island within the early hours of Friday morning, the nation’s catastrophe mitigation company mentioned, including that the West Sulawesi provincial constructing and a lodge had additionally collapsed.

The epicentre of the quake was six kilometres (3.73 miles) northeast of the town of Majene, at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).

A number of thousand panicked residents fled their houses to hunt security after the quake, which didn’t set off a tsunami warning however was felt strongly for about seven seconds, the assertion mentioned.

Photographs and movies posted on-line confirmed broken buildings and a number of other individuals trapped in collapsed buildings.

Residents examine earthquake-damaged homes in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia on Friday [Rudy Akdyaksyah/AP]

The catastrophe mitigation company mentioned a lodge and the workplace of the West Sulawesi governor have been additionally severely broken, and electrical energy provides have been additionally down.

Hours earlier, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck in the identical district, damaging a number of homes.

Straddling the so-called Pacific ‘ring of fireside’, Indonesia, an archipelago of excessive tectonic exercise, is usually hit by earthquakes.

In 2018, a devastating 6.2 magnitude quake and tsunami struck the town of Palu, additional north in Sulawesi, killing hundreds of individuals.