So far, apart from the fatalities, there have been 24 injured, significant material damage has also been reported
A strong earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck the Indonesian province of West Sulawesi or West Celebe on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey reported.
At least three people were killed and buildings collapsed after the earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, the National Disaster Management Agency announced.
“Three people have died and 24 are injured,” said the agency’s spokesman, Raditya Jati. Authorities also confirmed the collapse of a hotel.
The epicenter was 36 kilometers south of Mamuju, the capital of West Sulawesi, and the earthquake was 18 kilometers deep, the USGS said.
Mamuju is home to approximately 110,000 people.
According to witnesses, several buildings, including hotels and the governor’s headquarters, suffered significant damage in Mamuju, the provincial capital, which has 110,000 inhabitants.
According to the US Institute of Geophysics, the epicenter of the earthquake that occurred on Friday at 02:18 local time (Thursday 18:18 GMT) was located 36 km south of Mamuju, at a depth of 18 km, the USGS said.
After the earthquake, landslides were recorded that cut off access to one of the main roads in the province.
On Thursday, another 5.8 magnitude earthquake had already struck the region, causing no major damage.
The Palu region on the island of Sulawesi already suffered a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in September 2018, which was followed by a devastating tsunami.
This catastrophe caused more than 4,300 deaths and disappearances and at least 170,000 displaced people.
(With information from AFP)