A strong earthquake with a magnitude 6.2 hit Indonesia’s Sulawesi island Friday, killing at least 34 people, destroying residential and commercial buildings and triggering landslides, local authorities said.
More than 600 people were injured, and many others were trapped in the rubble of collapsed homes and other buildings, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement.
The earthquake, with an epicenter 36 kilometers south of West Sulawesi province’s Mamuju district and at a depth of 18 kilometers struck at 2:18 am local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
Rescue teams were searching for more than a dozen patients and staff trapped in the rubble of a flattened Mamuju hospital. Landslides occurred in three locations and blocked a main road connecting Mamuju to the Majene district, a spokesperson for the disaster agency said.
The Indonesian Red Cross announced its rescue teams were searching for survivors in the rubble and providing first aid. (VOA)