Rescuers are searching through the rubble of a partially-collapsed Indonesian hospital after a deadly earthquake struck the island of Sulwesi, leaving at least 30 dead.
The 6.2-magnitude quake on Friday morning came just hours after an earlier, smaller tremor. Hundreds of people were injured and thousands displaced by the quake. Indonesia has a history of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis with more than 2000 killed in a 2018 Sulawesi quake. Local media have reported that six patients and their families were trapped when parts of the Mitra Manakarra hospital in the town of Mamuju collapsed. Arianto, from the rescue agency in Mamuju city, told news agency AFP they were trying to reach those trapped. He did not specify a number.
Authorities have put the overall death toll for the city at at least 26 but fear that more are buried under collapsed buildings, the agency said. The epicentre of Friday’s quake was six kilometres (3.73 miles) northeast of Majene city at a depth of 10 kilometres. The initial toll for Majene was reported as four people killed and hundreds injured.
Tremors were felt at around 01:00 local time on Friday (17:00 Thursday GMT) for about seven seconds, no tsunami warning was issued but thousands are reported to have left their homes, fleeing to safety. Local reports say among the badly damaged buildings include homes, two hotels, the governor’s office and a mall. Authorities have warned that strong aftershocks could follow the two main quakes and that they could still trigger a tsunami.