At least 42 people were killed by a strong earthquake on the island of Celebes in Indonesia on Friday. Rescue workers are currently searching the rubble of collapsed buildings, including a hospital, in the hope of finding survivors.
The 6.2 magnitude earthquake that occurred overnight left several hundred injured and triggered panic among residents of the west of the island of Celebes, who already suffered a major disaster in 2018.
Thirty-four bodies have so far been found in collapsed buildings in Mamuju, authorities said. Eight other people died in Majene, another town in the Mamuju region.
In Mamuju, the most affected city of some 110,000 inhabitants in the region, rescuers were looking for more than a dozen patients and medical personnel missing under the ruins of a hospital. “The hospital is destroyed. He collapsed, ”Arianto said.
At least one hotel partially collapsed and the offices of the local governor suffered severe damage, according to rescuers.
Risk of aftershocks
The meteorology and geophysics agency has warned of the possibility of further tremors and asks residents to avoid the seaside because of the risk of a tsunami. This warning added to the concern of residents.
Landslides followed the earthquake, cutting off access to one of the province’s main roads, and the local Mamuju airport was also damaged.
The Indonesian archipelago is located on the Pacific “ring of fire”, an area of high seismic activity.