Searchers continue to look for Indonesian earthquake victims : NPR


A badly broken mosque after an earthquake in West Pasaman district, West Sumatra, Indonesia on Friday. The sturdy and shallow earthquake shook Sumatra on Friday, killing numerous folks.

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A badly broken mosque after an earthquake in West Pasaman district, West Sumatra, Indonesia on Friday. The sturdy and shallow earthquake shook Sumatra on Friday, killing numerous folks.

Ardhy Fernando/AP

PASAMAN, Indonesia (AP) — Searchers in Indonesia continued to dig within the rubble of collapsed buildings and dirt from landslides for extra victims Saturday, a day after a powerful earthquake shook Sumatra island, killing eight folks, injuring 86 and leaving hundreds displaced.

At the least 5 folks have been killed in Pasaman district and three folks died within the neighboring district of West Pasaman, the Nationwide Catastrophe Mitigation Company mentioned. Rescuers have been nonetheless trying to find six villagers believed to be buried below tons of mud that tumbled down from the encompassing hills triggered by the quake.

The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck 66 kilometers (41 miles) north-northwest of Bukittinggi, a hilly city in West Sumatra province, inflicting panic on some components of the island on Friday. It was centered about 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) under the Earth’s floor and other people in neighboring Malaysia and Singapore additionally felt the tremors.

At the least 435 homes and buildings have been broken and greater than 6,000 folks fled their houses to momentary shelters, largely in devastated areas of Pasaman and West Pasaman districts, the closest areas to the epicenter, company spokesperson Abdul Muhari mentioned in a press release.

Indonesia, an enormous archipelago of 270 million folks, is regularly struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the “Ring of Hearth,” an arc of volcanoes and fault strains that arcs the Pacific.

The final main earthquake was in January 2021 when a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at the least 105 folks and injured almost 6,500. Greater than 92,000 folks have been displaced after it struck Mamuju and Majene districts in West Sulawesi province.

A robust Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed almost 230,000 folks in a dozen nations, most of them in Indonesia.

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