A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia early on Friday morning causing extensive damage and killing at least 34 people with numbers expected to rise in the coming days.
The earthquake occurred 6km (3.73 miles) northeast of Majene City. It followed a 5.9 magnitude earthquake a few hours earlier.
At least 8 people died in Majene, with a further 637 and at least 15,000 people displaced. It is believed that a further 26 people have died in the Mamuku area including a number in a collapsed hospital. There are reports that many people throughout the region are buried under rubble and collapsed buildings.
Thousands of people are reported to have fled to higher ground fearing a tsunami although authorities have confirmed that there is are no tsunami expected or reported.
There are fears of additional shocks which could cause further damage and hampen rescue efforts.
Indonesia lies on the so called “Ring of Fire” which sees frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.In 2018, another 6.2-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami killed thousands of people in the city of Palu, Sulawesi.
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