Last Updated: Saturday, August 18, 2012

Powerful quake shakes Palu and Mamuju of Indonesia: Six killed


Disaster Report: M 6.3 very strong earthquake shakes Sulawesi, Indonesia today at 05:41 PM local time.
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Original Post: Natural Disasters List August 18, 2012
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Update
The death toll has risen to six. At least 43 others were injured, including eight in critical condition.

Update
-A 9 year old boy killed by falling debris.
-At least 30 houses have been seriously damaged and 100 slightly damaged.

Update
-At least three people have been injured by falling debris and rescuers are having difficulty evacuating them to Palu.
-At least 23 houses have been damaged in Parigi Mountong district.
-According to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, Parigi Moutong and Sigi districts are the hardest-hit.

Update
Following USGS PAGER MAP, Moderate shaking of MMI V will have felt by the people of Palu and Poso. Light shaking of MMI IV will have felt by the people of Rantepao and Mamuju. People of Polewali, Majene, Bontang, Samarinda, Unaaha, Gorontalo and Kendari.

M 6.3 very strong earthquake shakes Sulawesi, Indonesia this Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake's epicenter was located 56 km SSE of Palu . It was 12.4 miles deep.

USGS initially reported the quake’s magnitude at 6.6, while Indonesia’s geophysics agency measured it at 6.2.

There have been 9 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded from the Kai Islands to Sumba since 1900.
Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
09:41 UTC (local time Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 05:41 PM @ epicenter)

Epicenter location

56 km (34 miles) SSE of Palu, Indonesia
72 km (44 miles) W of Poso, Indonesia
180 km (111 miles) N of Rantepao, Indonesia
199 km (123 miles) NE of Mamuju, Indonesia

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