Indonesia Had a magnitude of 6.2 on the Richter scale
Yet another major event has occurred in 2021, with an earthquake hitting Indonesia that to this point has left 34 people dead and a further 637 injured.
The 6.2 magnitude earthquake occurred at dawn on the island of Sulawesi, in the central region of the Indonesian archipelago.
Having surprised inhabitants who were sleeping at around 2.00am local time, the quake has caused extensive damage in several nearby towns.
With the collapse of buildings and bridges, it’s estimated that around 15,000 people have already been displaced by the disaster.
Rescue operations have already begun in the region, with BNPB disaster management agency publishing a video of a girl called Angel trapped amongst the rubble of a collapsed building.
Her face was sticking out of the pile and she was alive, but worryingly she confirmed that there were people trapped under and alongside her, with those individuals having difficulty breathing.
The rescues are slow due to the lack of heavy machinery and electricity to help aid the search for missing persons.
The city of Mamuju, 36.1 kilometres shy of the epicentre has been the worst affected city, with 26 of the 34 fatalities coming there.
However, it’s feared that worse news is yet to come from Mamuju as the city has a population of more than 100,000 and the full list of injuries hasn’t been confirmed.
A further eight deaths came in the city of Majene, 59.5 kilometres away from the epicentre, and at least 600 people have been injured there.
The United States Geological Survey, which records seismic activity across the globe, located the hypocentre of the quake around 18 kilometres deep into the ground.