01/14/2021 - Earthquake on Sulawesi, Indonesia

Impact
Country Displaced Injured Dead Damaged Buildings Destroyed Buildings
Indonesia 91003 6489 105 12507 4109

Detailed damage statistics, damaged / destroyed buildings for

Indonesia 54 / 13 130 / 101 1 / 2 7 / 7 51 / 48 12224 / 3892 37 / 51 8

Source: Earthquake Impact Database

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Event Characteristics
Latitude -2.98 °N
Longitude 118.94 °E
Date & Time Jan. 14, 2021, 6:28 p.m.
Magnitude Mw 6.2
Depth 10 km
Last Update 2021-01-14
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01/15/2021 7:18 a.m.

Severe damage and casualties in Mamuju and Majene districts

A strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake has hit the western region of Sulawesi island, Indonesia on Thursday UTC. This quake is related to a shallow thrust fault zone that stretches along the western coast of the island. Several towns, including the capital of Mamuju district, are within the area of highest intensity. According to indonesian news reports, damage and destruction was severe in parts of this town and other areas of Mamuju and Majene district. The Indonesian Disaster Management Agency BNPB confirmed at least eight casualties and more than 600 injuries earlier today. Newer reports from local new agencies ate mentioning at least 26 dead in Mamuju, most of them in the collapsed Manakarra-Hospital, where several dozends people were treated at the time of the earthquake. Several people have been rescued from the debris there but many died. More people are still missing there. At other places in Mamuja at least eight families are said to be buried under collapsed houses, according to local sources. Besides the collapsed hospital and a collapsed hotel, multiple private homes and offices suffered damage. More than 15,000 people were temporarily displaced in Mamuju and Majene, where at least eight people lost their lives. Minor damage was also reported from Polewali district and Mamasa district. Earlier on thursday, a Magnitude 5.7 quake, later identified as a foreshock, has happened in this region, causing damage to more than 100 houses and leaving at least one person injured. The aftershock sequence was rather calm so far. 17 aftershocks between Magnitude 2.7 and 4.1, which were mostly felt, have been detected by BMKG so far. However, people in this area should expect more and stronger aftershocks (up to Magnitude 5, maybe stronger) in the next days and weeks. Aftershocks of larger size pose an additional danger and might lead to damage or collapses of houses that were already affected by previous events. Therefore it is recommended to stay away from damaged houses and seek shelter in official emergency places. The island of Sulawesi is frequently hit by strong earthquakes. Especially the western regions have faced several damaging earthquakes within the past two years. Most of them however significantly weaker than the recent event. A Magnitude 5.3 event on October 27 2020 caused the death of one person while several houses were damaged. Five people were injured by a M5.2 six weeks earlier. The most destructive quake in Western Sulawesi recently happened in autumn 2018, where an earthquake sequence with several events up to Magnitude 5.5 hit Mamuju region. These damaged several thousand houses. Eight people died during the mainshock. It is believed that this activity in Mamuju district was triggered by the Magnitude 7.5 earthquake near Palu in northern Sulawesi on September 28 2018. The Palu quake caused widespread destruction. Collapsed houses, landslides and a tsunami killed more than 4000 people.