AMBON, Indonesia (Reuters) – A minimum of one particular person died on Thursday after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Indonesia’s japanese province of Maluku, damaging buildings and sending individuals fleeing to the hills, officers and witnesses mentioned.
Concrete rubble are seen on the ground of a classroom at Al Anshor Islamic Boarding College after an earthquake in Ambon, Maluku province, Indonesia, September 26, 2019, on this nonetheless picture from video obtained by way of social media. Weul Artafella by way of REUTERS
Catastrophe officers mentioned the early morning quake, initially measured at a magnitude of 6.eight, woke residents of cities such because the provincial capital of Ambon, about 40 km (25 miles) from the epicenter, however the geophysics company dominated out a tsunami.
A part of the third ground at an Islamic college collapsed within the quake, killing one particular person, mentioned Benny Bugis, a cameraman who works for Reuters.
“He was simply getting out of a automobile and getting into a door and the collapsing rubble fell onto him,” Bugis mentioned, including that two individuals had been additionally injured.
Albert Simaela, a catastrophe company official in Ambon, confirmed the dying.
“Now everybody has headed to the hills, by bikes, by vehicles and on foot. The site visitors is clogged,” he instructed Reuters.
“Youngsters are off faculty now, town is quiet as a result of everybody has evacuated. Though there’s data that there shall be no tsunami, persons are nonetheless afraid.”
Video photos on social media confirmed plaster and rubble scattered on flooring and chairs within the Al Anshor Islamic boarding faculty, however a witness mentioned no accidents had been reported there.
One other video confirmed giant cracks and damaged glass at a automobile showroom.
Indonesia, which sits on the seismically energetic Pacific Ring of Fireplace, usually experiences lethal earthquakes and tsunamis.
In September 2018, Palu, on the island of Sulawesi west of Maluku, was devastated by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and a strong tsunami it unleashed, killing greater than four,000 individuals.
In 2004, a quake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami throughout the Indian Ocean that killed 226,000 in 14 international locations, greater than 120,000 of them in Indonesia.
Map of Seram island in Maluku province, Indonesia – right here
Reporting by Ed Davies and Gayatri Suroyo in Jakarta, Writing by Lincoln Feast; Modifying by Himani Sarkar and Clarence Fernandez