Indonesia earthquake death toll rises to 56 rescue work starts

Jakarta, January 17 Indonesia’s national anti disaster agency said on January 17 that 56 people were killed in a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia’s West Sulawesi province, and the joint rescue team is working hard to carry out rescue work. A spokesman for Indonesia’s national anti disaster agency said in a statement that Mamuju, the capital of West Sulawesi province, and majene County, the epicenter of the earthquake, were the hardest hit areas. As of 20:00 on the 16th, 47 and 9 people were killed and 189 and 12 seriously injured in the two areas respectively. As search and rescue and statistics continue, the number of casualties is expected to increase. The statement said that the power supply in some areas of Mamuju and majene counties has returned to normal and the communication situation has also been improved. The main road connecting Mamuju and majene county has resumed normal traffic in the afternoon of the 16th. < p > < p > according to the website of Indonesia meteorological, climatic and Geophysical Bureau, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 occurred in majene County, West Sulawesi province at 1:28, Jakarta time on the 15th, with a focal depth of 10 km. On the morning of the 16th, an aftershock with a magnitude of 5.0 occurred in majene County, with a focal depth of 10 km. The earthquake did not cause a tsunami. Indonesia’s national disaster relief agency reminded local residents to keep calm and be alert to the possibility of a high-intensity aftershock. < / P > < p > a joint rescue team composed of personnel and volunteers from the Indonesian national anti disaster agency, the Indonesian national army and police, the national search and rescue administration, local health institutions, and local government is busy searching for survivors buried under the ruins. < / P > < p > Indonesia is located in the Pacific Rim seismic belt, with frequent earthquakes every year. In September 2018, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 occurred in donggara County, central Sulawesi province, Indonesia. The earthquake and the resulting tsunami killed more than 2000 people.