Powerful M6.2 earthquake rocks Sulawesi in Indonesia, destroying buildings and bridges across the city of Mamuju at night – At least 34 dead and hundreds of injured buried under collapsed buildings

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A powerful M6.2 earthquake destroyed buildings and bridges across the city of Mamuju in Sulawesi, Indonesia on January 14 2021
A powerful M6.2 earthquake destroyed buildings and bridges across the city of Mamuju in Sulawesi, Indonesia on January 14, 2021. Earthquake map via USGS

Update: At least 34 dead and hundreds injured after the magnitude-6.2 earthquake in West Sulawesi, Indonesia on Friday.

Indonesia has suffered another powerful M6.2 earthquake at 2:28 am on January 15, 2021, local time (January 14, 2021, 6:28:18 pm UTC), the latest in a series of quakes to hit the country.

M6.2 earthquake hits sulawesi indonesia destroying buildings and bridges
Earthquake map showing the M6.2 earthquake and the series of quake that hit the same region a few hours earlier.

The shallow epicenter (at a depth of 10km or 6.2 miles) of the strong jolt was situated 36 km S of Mamuju, home to around 15,000 people, resulting in large infrastructure damage as well as building and bridge collapses.

It is unknown how many people have been buried under the collapsed buildingsAccording to online videos and pictures, the office of the Governor of West Sulawesi collapsed as well as many other buildings in its vicinity.

Government building destroyed by M6.2 earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia on January 14-15, 2021. Picture via Twitter

High habitation buildings were also destroyed and partly collapsed during the strong shaking.

M6.2 earthquake hits sulawesi indonesia destroying buildings and bridges
Building collapsed after the M6.2 earthquake near the city of Mamuju, Indonesia.

M6.2 earthquake hits sulawesi indonesia destroying buildings and bridges
Buildings destroyed in the city of Mamuju, Indonesia.

Earlier on Thursday, a M5.9 quake, which also had a depth of 10km, hit at 1.35pm local time with its epicenter located 4km from northwest Majene district.

The strong earthquake shook the West Sulawesi province in central Indonesia, also heavily damaging buildings and infrastructure in the region.

Two years ago in 2018, Indonesia was rocked by a massive 7.5-magnitude earthquake that subsequently triggered a tsunami, killing more than 4,300 people.

More earthquake news on Strange Sounds and Steve Quayle. [USGS, CGTN]

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Love the jungle video. Too bad such a beautiful area is plagued by cataclysmic activity. Nonstop disasters out there.

    Tsunami, volcanoes, earthquakes and lots of death. I’d have moved if I lived in an area that volatile.

    • Get those cadaver dogs out, and some excavators. That building where the front collapsed—bet there are some people that need rescue. Tap on the rubble, and see if anyone taps back?

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