» 08/21/2012, 00.00
Earthquake in Sulawesi, six dead, dozens injured and hundreds of homes damaged
Death toll from 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the central part of Indonesia at the weekend continues to climb. Some villages are isolated by landslides and flooding, bridge and roads destroyed. The epicenter of the quake in the districts of Paris, Moutong and Sigi. Army soldiers lead emergency rescue of civilian population.
(AsiaNews) - The official - and still provisional - number of victims of the
massive 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the Indonesian province of Central
Sulawesi last weekend, is now 6. Rescuers
have reached some villages isolated by a landslides, located in the regency of
Sigi, where thousands of people continue to sleep in the open for fear of
of houses were destroyed, while the tsunami warning launched shortly after the
first - violent - earthquake, which was followed by various aftershocks, has
Nugroho, spokesman for the National
Disaster Mitigation Agency, confirms that "six people were
killed," including "a child of nine years", 43 wounded and 400 homes
have suffered serious damage. He
states that "there is an area that has not yet been reached" and "
two helicopters will be sent there" loaded with aid and basic necessities.
death toll could rise - said the man - but we are confident."
The 6.3 magnitude
earthquake struck the island of Sulawesi on 18 August, about 20 km deep
epicenter was close to a group of villages scattered in the districts of Paris
Moutong and Sigi.
authorities have allocated 200 soldiers to lead the evacuation of 70 families
from the village of Salua. Landslides
have blocked access to 14 villages in the surrounding districts, many bridges
have collapsed and roads are flooded with water and mud.
archipelago is made up of thousands of islands and atolls surrounded by the
Pacific Ocean, in an area better known to scientists as "the Pacific Ring
of Fire". It
is characterized by intense volcanic and land-based activity, caused by the
collision of several continental plates. Memories
of the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the region in December 2004 are
still fresh in peoples mind, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths across
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