At least 10 dead in Indonesia earthquake as search continues

Search efforts continued Sunday in the hardest hit areas of the Indonesian island of Sumatra after a violent earthquake killed 10 people, injured nearly 400 others and displaced thousands, an official said. of the disaster.

Rescuers recovered two more bodies late Saturday from the rubble of houses toppled by the 6.2 magnitude earthquake that rocked West Sumatra province on Friday morning, the National Mitigation Agency spokesman said. disasters, Abdul Muhari.

A man sits in the ruins of a badly damaged mosque after an earthquake in West Pasaman district, West Sumatra, Indonesia (Ardhy Fernando/AP)

Six people died in Pasaman district and four in neighboring West Pasaman district, he said.

Rescuers were still searching for four villagers who were believed to have been buried under tons of mud that fell from surrounding hills triggered by the quake.

At least 388 people were injured by the quake, whose tremors were felt as far away as Malaysia and Singapore, and about 42 people were still receiving treatment for serious injuries, Muhari said.

Earthquake in Indonesia
Earthquake survivors sleep in a tent at a temporary shelter in Pasaman Barat, West Sumatra, Indonesia (Ardhy Fernando/AP)

More than 13,000 people fled their homes to temporary shelters, mainly in the devastated areas of Pasaman and West Pasaman districts, the areas closest to the epicenter while more than 1,400 houses and buildings were damaged, he said in a statement.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and faults across the Peaceful.

Earthquake in Indonesia
Residents inspect the ruins of their house in West Pasaman district, West Sumatra (Ardhy Fernando/AP)

The last major earthquake was in January 2021 when a 6.2 magnitude quake killed at least 105 people and injured nearly 6,500. More than 92,000 people were displaced after hitting the districts of Mamuju and Majene in West Sulawesi province.

A powerful earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004 killed nearly 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia.

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