Strong earthquake in northern Indonesia leaves one dead | News

At least one person died and several were injured in Indonesia due to a magnitude 5.8 earthquake registered this Saturday in the North Rapanuli region of North Sumatra at 02:28 local time.


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The report received by the Operations and Control Center of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) shows that several residents have suffered head injuries and have required intensive care, as published by the institution itself on its website.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) said in a statement that the earthquake occurred in the northern region of Tapanuli province, in North Sumatra, and left at least one dead, who died after suffering a heart attack.

The earthquake, whose initial magnitude was estimated at 6.0 but later lowered to 5.8, occurred at 02:28 local time (19:28 Friday GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers and, according to BMKG, “had no potential for a tsunami”.

The series of earthquakes has been felt moderately between three and five seconds and has caused power outages in Northern Tapanuli, Humbang Hasundutan, Toba, Labuhanbatu Utara and Medan, where according to authorities, people have panicked and ran out of their houses.

“As of 6:59 am in western Indonesia, BMKG monitoring detected 53 aftershocks,” said the entity’s president, Dwikorita Karnawati.

The BNBD is coordinating with relevant institutions to collect data on damage and casualties due to the earthquake in North Tapanuli and surrounding regions.

The authority urged residents of the affected areas to be vigilant for possible aftershocks and to ensure that evacuation routes in homes are not obstructed by large objects that could impede evacuation.