Emergency Aid Delivered to Earthquake Victims in North Halmahera

After the earthquake that rocked Galela District, North Halmahera, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) began distributing emergency assistance from the donors, in collaboration with the local Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) volunteers.

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Delivery of humanitarian aid to the victims of earthquake in North Halmahera. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, NORTH HALMAHERA – Responding to a fairly strong earthquake that shook Galela District, North Halmahera on Monday (4/18/2022), Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) and the volunteers from Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia (MRI) distributed emergency humanitarian aid to affected residents funded by the generous donors.

The Aksi Cepat Tanggap North Maluku Branch Manager Surachman Manan said the earthquake had damaged a number of buildings and houses of worship. The victims have not been able to renovate the buildings due to various problems.

"Based on MRI volunteers’ monitoring, the damages were quite massive. The survivors need our assistance to recover from the impacts of the earthquake,” said Surachman.

The aid packages distributed to the victims included rice, cooking oil, sugar, and tea. Cleaning supplies were also distributed.

The magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocked the North Galela region, North Halmahera Regency, North Maluku Province, on Monday (4/18/2022) at 10:04 West Indonesia Time.

Based on data released by the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the epicenter is located 1.97° north and 127.83° east. It is located on land in the North Galela region, North Halmahera. The hypocenter was located at a depth of 10 km.

According to the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Mitigation Coordinator, Daryono, the earthquake that occurred was a shallow earthquake caused by the subduction of the Maluku Sea Plate under Halmahera. The earthquake had no potential for a tsunami.[]