A series of powerful earthquakes has caused panic in Indonesia and caused extensive damage to buildings and other infrastructure. As a result of the earthquake that occurred on the island of Sulawesi and the surrounding areas, hundreds of people were killed and thousands were injured.
The deadliest earthquake to date
The deadliest earthquake to date was the 6.2-magnitude earthquake in Mamuju on January 15, which collapsed dozens of buildings and trapped people under rubble. The number of victims of the earthquake exceeded 80, many are still missing. According to local residents, the earthquake caused landslides, making it difficult for rescuers to reach the affected areas.
Aftershock and Tsunami Alerts
Several strong aftershocks continued to shake the area, causing additional damage and hampering rescue efforts. The strong tremors also triggered tsunami warnings, forcing thousands of people to flee to higher ground for safety.
Major rescue and rehabilitation works are being carried out.
In response to the earthquake, Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered a major rescue effort, mobilizing the country's military and police to search for survivors. Several neighboring countries and international organizations have also offered external aid and assistance. The Indonesian Red Cross Society provides 24/7 emergency assistance including food, shelter and medical assistance to people affected by natural disasters.
Indonesia is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, one of the most seismically active regions in the world. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are frequent in the country, and the archipelago is home to more than 17,000 islands and 267 million people.