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 quite a few individuals.

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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 quite a few individuals.

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 individuals, injuring 86 and leaving hundreds displaced.

No less than 5 individuals have been killed in Pasaman district and three individuals died within the neighboring district of West Pasaman, the Nationwide Catastrophe Mitigation Company mentioned. Rescuers have been nonetheless looking for six villagers believed to be buried underneath 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.

No less than 435 homes and buildings have been broken and greater than 6,000 individuals fled their properties to momentary shelters, principally 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 individuals, is ceaselessly struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the “Ring of Fireplace,” an arc of volcanoes and fault traces that arcs the Pacific.

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

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

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