Jakarta, Indonesia (AP) – A shallow and violent earthquake shook Indonesia’s Sulawesi island after midnight, causing landslides and sending people away from their homes in the dark at night. At least 10 people were killed and more than 200 injured, but officials are still collecting data from the devastated area.
In a video released by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, a girl stranded in the rubble cried out for help and said she heard other family members in the rubble. “Please help me, it hurts,” the young woman told rescuers, who replied that they were desperate to help her.
In the video, rescuers said an excavator was needed to save the young woman and others trapped in the collapsed building.Other footage showed cut bridges, broken houses and even flattened. Television stations reported the earthquake, part of the hospital was damaged and the patient was moved to an emergency tent outside.
Another video shows a father crying for help to save his children buried under numerous rubble after their home was overthrown. “My children there… they are trapped inside. Please help. ”He cried in panic.
Thousands of displaced people have been evacuated to temporary shelters. The 6.2 magnitude earthquake was centered 36 kilometers (22 miles) south of Mamuju district of western Sulawesi province at a depth of 18 kilometers (11 miles).
Muhammad Idris, Executive Secretary of West Sulawesi, told TVOne the governor’s office building collapsed in the provincial capital Mamuju and was trapped, including two security personnel.
Idris said that so far, seven people have been confirmed dead in Mamuju.
Rescuers Saidar Rahmanjaya said the lack of heavy machinery was hampering operations to clear debris from collapsed homes and buildings. He said his team is working to save the lives of 20 people trapped in eight buildings, including in the governor’s office, hospitals and hotels.
“We are racing against time to help them,” Rahmanjaya said.
Three more people were killed in Majene’s neighboring districts when their homes were struck by an earthquake while they were sleeping, said Sirajuddin, the district’s disaster agency chief.
Sirajuddin, who goes by one name, said at least 218 people were now injured and more than 300 homes and buildings were damaged, including hospitals, health clinics, hotels and offices.
He said that even if an earthquake in the country could not cause a tsunami. But people along the coast were running to the heights in fear that someone would happen. About 10,000 people are currently in the shelter.
Landslides occurred in three locations and blocked the main road connecting Mamuju and the Majene region, said disaster agency spokesman Raditya Jati.
On Thursday, a 5.9 magnitude undersea earthquake in the same region damaged homes. But there were clearly no casualties.
Indonesia, a large archipelago of 260 million people, is prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on The “Ring of Fire” is a volcanic arc and fault line in the Pacific Basin.
In 2018, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in Palub on Sulawesi caused a tsunami and caused soil to collapse in a phenomenon known as liquefaction. More than 4,000 people were killed, many of the victims were buried when the entire neighborhood was swallowed up in the ground.
The Great Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004 killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries, mostly in Indonesia.