Mamuju, West Sulawesi (ANTARA) - The government has set an emergency response status for Mamuju, West Sulawesi Province, after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the city on Wednesday afternoon (June 8).

The government has established the Mamuju earthquake on emergency response status from June 8, 2022, to June 14, 2022, or until next week," Mamuju District Head Sitti Sutinah Suhardi Duka said in Mamuju, Thursday.

Duka said with the emergency response status, the Mamuju administration will immediately carry out efforts to reduce the impact of the earthquake.

According to Duka, the Mamuju earthquake affected a number of sub-districts, including Tapalang, West Tapalang, Mamuju, Simboro, and Kalukku, which disrupted the function of some public services.

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Meanwhile, the head of the Mamuju Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Taslim Sukirno, stated that at least 70 houses were damaged by the earthquake.

"(Based on) data that has been collected, as many as 70 units of houses were damaged due to the earthquake, but the data is still temporary," Sukirno said.

Sukirno noted that Mamuju BPBD was still collecting data on houses damaged by the earthquake in a number of sub-districts in Mamuju.

He also said that the number of evacuees following the Mamuju earthquake has reached 7,670 people.

The evacuees took shelter at some evacuation points, such as at the Manakarra Stadium, state television station TVRI's West Sulawesi office, Mamuju District Head's Office, Mamuju City Lane Two, and some locations in West Tappalang Sub-District.

Furthermore, the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) stated that the earthquake occurred 26 km from Mamuju at a depth of 10 kilometers in the sea. The epicenter was recorded at coordinates 2.77 degrees south latitude and 118.56 degrees east longitude, according to BMKG.

As of Thursday, there were no casualties, but eight people suffered minor injuries.

In addition, four government buildings, one mosque, and the state electricity firm PLN Mamuju branch office were damaged.

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