7 Killed, Hundreds Injured As Strong Earthquake Hits Indonesia

Indonesia: A 6.2-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island killed at least seven people and injured hundreds on Friday, said the country’s disaster mitigation agency.

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

From the initial information, it showed that four people succumbed and 637 others were injured in Majene, while there were three  more fatalities and over two dozen people were injured from the neighbouring area of Mamuju.

At least 60 homes were damaged and about 2,000 displaced people were evacuated to several temporary shelters.

The quake was felt strongly for about seven seconds but did not trigger a tsunami warning.

In this earthquake, a public health center and a military office were damaged in Mamuju area.

Indonesia’s disaster agency said a series of quakes in the past 24 hours had caused at least three landslides and blocked a main road connecting Mamuju to the Majene district.The electricity supply had been cut. The agency is still collecting data from areas struck by the quake.

On Thursday, a magnitude 5.9 quake hit under the sea in the same region, damaging several homes but no casualties.

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