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Seven dead, 85 injured after magnitude 6.1 quake hits West Sumatra, in Indonesia

  At least seven people have died and 85 injured in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province following a 6.1-magnitude earthquake on Friday (Feb 25...

 


At least seven people have died and 85 injured in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province following a 6.1-magnitude earthquake on Friday (Feb 25) morning.

Over 400 houses and buildings, including a school, halls and a mosque, in two of the hardest-hit regencies, West Pasaman and Pasaman, were damaged, according to National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB).  

More than 5,000 residents sought refuge in temporary shelters at 35 locations across the disaster areas.

A BNPB  quick response team had been sent to both regions to assess the latest situation and identify needs of those affected, said agency chief Suharyanto in a media briefing in Jakarta.

“We’ll also set up command posts soon to coordinate efforts to mitigate the impact of the disaster,” he said, adding that basic services would be provided for the affected residents, he added. 

The quake struck near the western coast of Sumatra, about 17km northeast of West Pasaman at a depth of 10km, according to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

No tsunami warning was issued, but the quake was felt in neighbouring provinces of Riau and North Sumatra, and as far away as Singapore and Malaysia.


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