Six die in South Halmahera earthquake: BNPB

Six die in South Halmahera earthquake: BNPB

The condition of the victims of the earthquake in South Halmahera, North Maluku, Tuesday (16/7/2019). ANTARA/HO/BMH

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Six people died following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that jolted South Halmahera District in North Maluku on Sunday evening, acting Head of Information Data Center and Public Relations of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Agus Wibowo, said.

"Five people died after being struck by the rubble of buildings and one person died in a refugee camp," Agus noted in a press statement released in Jakarta on Wednesday.

The five people who died after being hit by debris were Aisyah (54), a resident of Ranga-Ranga Village, South West Gane Subdistrict; Aspar Mukmat (20), a resident of Gane Dalam Village, South East Gane District; Sagaf Girato (50), a resident of Yomen Village, Joronga Subdistrict; Aina Amin (50), a resident of Gane Luar Village, South East Gane Subdistrict; and Wiji Siang (60), a resident of Gane Luar Village, South East Gane Subdistrict.

Agus revealed that Saima (90), a resident of Nyonyifi, died in a refugee camp in the highlands in Nyonyifi Village, East Bacan Subdistrict.

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South Halmahera District was hit by an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter Scale at a depth of 10 kilometers below sea level, 62 kilometers northeast of Labuha, North Maluku.

The earthquake occurred on Sunday, July 14, at 16.10 Western Indonesian Time at the coordinates of 0.59 degrees South Latitude and 128.06 degrees East Longitude and was a shallow one due to the Sorong-Bacan fault activity. The results of the analysis of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) showed that the earthquake was generated by a rock deformation with a horizontal movement structure.

The South Halmahera district administration has declared a seven-day emergency response period from July 15-21.

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