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Death toll from Indonesia earthquake climbs to 84

Around 28,000 people have been evacuated from affected areas, say officials

Pizaro Gozali Idrus   | 18.01.2021
Death toll from Indonesia earthquake climbs to 84

JAKARTA, Indonesia 

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island last week has risen to 84, the country’s disaster agency said Monday.

The National Disaster Management Agency reported that 73 people were killed in Mamuju Regency and 11 in Majene Regency after the magnitude 6.2 quake struck six kilometers (3.73 miles) northeast of Majene city on Friday, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 mi).

Authorities reported that 253 seriously injured people were treated in hospitals in the region and the number of those evacuated to safe areas was approximately 28,000.

Several buildings were severely damaged, including the office of the West Sulawesi governor, Mamuju Hospital and a minimarket.

The strong quake also caused power and phone service outages and landslides along roads.

Earthquakes regularly strike parts of Indonesia since the country lies on the Circum-Pacific Belt, also known as the Ring of Fire.

In 1969, a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 rocked Majene, killing 64 people and injuring 96 others.

*Writing by Rhany Chairunissa Rufinaldo and Maria Elisa Hospita with Anadolu Agency's Indonesian language service

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