6.5-magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province
The We For News reported according to Indonesian local agencies that a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province, but there were no reports of damages or casualties.
The media outlet added according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency that the earthquake on Monday evening did not also trigger a tsunami.
Citing the Xinhua, the We For News reported the quake struck at 7.09 p.m. with the epicentre at 59 km northeast of Tojo Una-Una district and the depth at 10 km under the seabed.
Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency: Earlier at 10.52 a.m., a 5.9-magnitude foreshock jolted Central Sulawesi province.
According to the We For News, Datu Pamusu, head of the provincial disaster management agency, told Xinhua there were no reports of buildings damaged or people wounded in the hardest hit area of Ampana town in Tojo Una-Una district.
Pamusu added, “the strong shakes were felt by the people. Those living in the coastal areas panicked and immediately headed to higher grounds in fear of a tsunami. In the city, residents rushed outside of their houses or buildings. However, no buildings were destroyed so far.”
The jolts also caused blackout in the areas, Abdul Muhari, head of data and communications unit at the National Disaster Management Agency said in a text message.
The tremors were also felt in nearby provinces of North Sulawesi and South Sulawesi, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.