In the middle of the night, a severe earthquake on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi woke people up and brought death and devastation. According to authorities, more than 30 people were killed in the magnitude 6.2 quake on Friday, but more victims are suspected to be under the rubble. 600 people were injured, 200 seriously. The area of the accident is in the West Sulawesi region.
The center of the quake, which shook the region at 1:28 a.m. local time (7:28 p.m. CET on Thursday), was at Majene at a depth of ten kilometers. The search parties were also in action with excavators and cranes. Most of them worked their way through the meter-high rubble without equipment. Among other things, two hospitals, a hotel and part of the local administration building in the provincial capital Mamuju collapsed. “We are currently trying to rescue people from the administration building. We can hear their voices, but they cannot move,” said Muhammad Idris, spokesman for the governor.
Landslides have also been reported in the region, burying roads. Thousands of people had to flee their homes. The power supply also collapsed. A 5.9 magnitude quake had already struck the area on Thursday.
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