Earthquake Rocks Sumba Island While Chaos Continues in Palu

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Residents carry their belongings after an earthquake hit at Balaroa sub-district in Palu, Sulawesi Island, Indonesia October 1, 2018. (Photo: DNA)

East Indonesia continues to be rocked by earthquakes with the island of Sumba being shaked by tremors on Tuesday morning. The island is located 1,200 km south of Central Sulawesi which was devastated last week by an earthquake and a tsunami.

Indonesia official news agency ANTARA reported on Tuesday early morning that a number of earthquakes hit Sumba Island in East Nusa Tenggara Province, measuring from 5.2 to 6.3 on the Richter scale on early Tuesday.According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the latest earthquake rocked the region measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale at 7:16 a.m.

The earthquake was located at 10.57 degrees south latitude and 102.22 degrees east longitude at a depth of 10 kilometers. Earlier at 6:59 a.m. a magnitude-6.0 earthquake hit the region, located at 10.57 degrees south latitude and 120.25 degrees east longitude, or some 66 kilometers southwest of East Sumba at a depth of 10 kilometers.

Two more earlier tremors hit the region at 6:27 a.m measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale located at 10.48 degrees south latitude and 120.24 east longitude at a depth of 10 kilometers, and a magnitude-5.2 tremor at 6:12 a.m measuring at 5.2 on the Richter scale located at 10.56 degrees south latitude 120.20 degrees east longitude at a depth of 10 kilometers. There was no potential of tsunami, the BMKG stressed to the news agency.

Meanwhile, more victims are boing found in the debris of cities hit by the earthquake and tsunami last week in Central Sulawesi. The total number of dead people hit on Tuesday morning over 1,200 people while the UN estimates that 180,000 local inhabitants have been displaced and need urgent helps. Scenes of looting occurred in the regional capital Palu as people are looking for food, water and various supplies. Help has so far being chaotic with many of the roads being cut off in large parts of the province. International rescue team start to arrive in Palu following the authorisation given by the Indonesian government to foreign aid.

Reuters news agency reported that about 3,000 people also thronged the city’s small airport hoping to catch a ride on military planes laid on to take people out, most to Makassar, Sulawesi largest city and capital of the province of South Sulawesi. COmmercial flights at Palu airport resumed yesterday.