Strong Earthquake Hits Majene, Thousands Evacuate

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit Majene at early hours of Friday (1/15/2021) following a magnitude 5.9 earthquake that hit the day before (1/14/2021). The earthquake was felt as far as Balikpapan in East Kalimantan.

Buildings in Mamuju Regency damaged by the magnitude 6.2 earthquake that occurred on Friday (1/15/2021) at 01.28 a.m. Western Indonesia Time. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, JAKARTA – A magnitude 6.2 earthquake that shook on early Friday (1/15/2021) damaged buildings in Majene, West Sulawesi, and caused the locals to panic. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the earthquake, which was only 10 KM deep, was felt at the IV-V level of the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) in Majene and Mamuju, at level III MMI in Palu, and at level II MMI in Makassar. The epicenter was on land 6 km northeast of Majene.

The buildings that were damaged included include residential houses, Tomakaka University, Maleo Hotel, and Mamuju Hospital. Executive Director of Disaster Emergency Response - Aksi Cepat Tanggap Dwiko Hari immediately deployed emergency response teams from Palu and Makassar to help the victims. "They are currently getting prepared. If possible, we will immediately open a public kitchen and a disaster emergency post," said Dwiko, Friday (1/15/2021) morning.

Regional Disaster Management Board (BPBD) Mamuju reported that as of Friday at 6 a.m., a total of three fatalities and 24 injuries were reported. In addition, 2,000 residents were displaced, as reported by Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB)’s Data, Information and Communication Raditya Jati.

BPBD Majene reported that three points along the Majene – Mamuju main road were hit by landslides.  3 points of landslides along the Majene-Mamuju main road. 62 houses, 1 community health center, and a danramil Military Office was damaged.

Meanwhile, BMKG Head of Earthquake and Tsunami Center Bambang Setiyo Prayitno explained that the earthquake was still in a series of the earthquake that occurred the previous day (1/14/2021). BMKG recorded six aftershocks with a maximum magnitude 4.1. Bambang also urged people around the epicenter to avoid buildings that are cracked or damaged. []