Natural disasters

At least 37 people killed, hundreds injured as M6.2 earthquake hits West Sulawesi, Indonesia


At least 37 people have been killed and more than 600 injured after a shallow M6.2 earthquake hit West Sulawesi, Indonesia at 18:28 UTC on January 14, 2021 (01:28 LT, January 15). Many people are still trapped under the rubble and rescue workers fear the death toll will continue rising. The quake was preceded by M5.7 at 06:35 UTC.

According to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, the epicenter was located 6 km (3.7 miles) NE of Majene city (population 37 715).

At least 8 people died, 637 were injured and 15 000 displaced in Majene, according to the country’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB).

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