6.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, some damage

6.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, some damage

A shallow, 6.6-magnitude earthquake, orginaly a M6.8 hit inland on the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi Monday, US seismologists said, causing people to panic.

The quake hit at a depth of nine kilometres (six miles) at 10:35 pm (1435 GMT), west of the town of Poso, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Muhammad Guntur, who lives on the outskirts of the town, said it was felt strongly.

“People are panicking here. We are now all gathered outside of our houses,” he told AFP immediately after the impact.

6.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, some damage

A hotel worker in Poso also said that people panicked when the quake struck but that things had returned to normal there.

“The electricity was off for a while,” said the worker Buhory, who like many Indonesians goes by one name. “People were panicking but now it is on again and everything is okay.”

National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the quake was felt in Poso for about 20 seconds.





 

A magnitude earthquake of magnitude 5.0 magnitude shook Northeast Sigi Central Sulawesi province on Monday (29/5) at 21:53 pm after the previous Poso diguncang earthquake.

Building collapse rocked by earthquake 6.6 SR in Poso. There has been no report of casualties. BPBD is still doing the monitoring.

The roof of the building collapse rocked by earthquake 6.6 SR in Poso. V-VI earthquake intensity MMI. Generally a building damaged by earthquake-intensity VI MMI.

6.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, some damage





 
Local disaster agency officials were still assessing the impact, he added.

6.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, some damage

The quake also felt with lower intensity in Palu and Sigi, as well as in Toli-Toli, Wood and Tana Toraja.

“My house feels like swinging, very violent shaking. We pour out of the house for fear of being exposed to the building, but thankfully did not happen,” said Nur Azizah, a resident of Poso Kota Utara.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

An earthquake struck Indonesia’s western Aceh province in December, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

The quake hit in one of the areas worst affected by the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.

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