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US News Indonesia: 56 dead in the Celebes earthquake (new record)

07:05  17 january  2021
07:05  17 january  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Today's Earthquakes . Big Quakes . Minahasa, Sulawesi, Indonesia . Kepulauan Sangihe, Indonesia . Mindanao, Philippines. Sulu Sea. Celebes Sea has had: (M1.5 or greater). 0 earthquakes in the past 24 hours. 2020-03-03 22: 56 :46 UTC 4.3 magnitude, 205 km depth Celebes Sea.

A powerful earthquake has rocked Indonesia 's Sulawesi island, killing at least 42 people, with more feared dead as rescuers search for survivors. He said the power in the hospital cut out during the earthquake . Officials fear the death toll will increase as rescue efforts continue.

The earthquake on the island of Celebes in Indonesia now stands at 56 dead, authorities announced on Sunday, while rescuers continued to search the rubble in search of survivors.

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake, which occurred at dawn on Friday, left thousands homeless and injured hundreds. It triggered panic among the inhabitants of the west of the island of Celebes, already devastated in 2018 by a very strong earthquake followed by a devastating tsumani which left 4,300 dead.

For two days, dozens of lifeless bodies have been removed from the rubble of collapsed buildings in Mamuju, the provincial capital. Other victims were found further south, where a strong aftershock was felt on Saturday morning.

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Thousands flee for safety and higher ground after island’s second quake in 24 hours.

An earthquake struck Indonesia 's Sulawesi island early on Friday morning, leaving at least 42 people dead and injuring over 600 others. Hours earlier on Thursday, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck in the same district, damaging several houses but causing no apparent casualties.

Food and emergency equipment were dispatched to the island by planes and boats, and the navy sent a medical ship to supplement the hospitals still operating, overwhelmed by the influx of wounded.

If thousands of people have lost their homes, others don't want to return home, for fear of aftershocks or a tsunami like in 2018.

"It's better to take shelter in case something worse is coming, ”said Mamuju resident Abdul Wahab, who had taken refuge in a tent with his wife and four children, including a baby. "We hope that the government can quickly send us aid, food, medicine and milk for the children," he adds.

Worried about a possible outbreak of Covid-19 in overcrowded camps, the authorities have announced that they will try to form groups of people according to the risks.

The epicenter of the magnitude 6.2 earthquake was located 36 km south of Mamuju, at a relatively shallow depth of 18 km.

Landslides that followed the earthquake and heavy rains cut off access to one of the main roads in the province.

The airport was also damaged as well as a hotel and the seat of the governor while part of the city remains without electricity.

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