at the minimum 7 people killed, dozens injured as 6.2-extent quake strike…

A woman tries to save her goods among the ruins of her damaged house after the 6.2-extent earthquake in Pasaman, Indonesia on 25 February 2022.

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  • A 5.0-extent tremor was followed by a much worse 6.2-extent earthquake on Indonesia’s Sumatra island.
  • So far, seven people died and 85 were injured in West Pasaman and Pasaman, and at the minimum 5 000 people were evacuated.
  • Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, causing it to experience frequent earthquakes.

Padang – Seven people died and dozens more were injured when a 6.2-extent earthquake moved Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Friday, with residents shuttling loved ones to safety as buildings crumbled around them.

The quake came just minutes after a less violent tremor, as terrified residents had begun evacuating their houses.

“We all fled our home (after the first quake),” Yudi Prama Agustino, 36, told AFP. “I have a one-year-old baby, so in panic, I pushed the stroller out of the house.”

The quake hit the island’s north at a thoroughness of 12km, about 70km from the town of Bukittinggi in West Sumatra province, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Agustino’s hometown in Agam district is another 40km from Bukittinggi.

“I noticed there was an earthquake because my kids’ toys fell over. I panicked because my in-laws were also in the house and they are quite old and sick,” Agustino said of the first tremor that was recorded at 5.0 by the USGS.

He additional:

Once we were outside, a much stronger 6.2 quake happened and everybody panicked.

Seven people died and 85 were injured in West Pasaman and Pasaman – about 17km and 20km respectively from the epicentre – according to Abdul Muhari, spokesperson for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

at the minimum 5 000 people in the two districts have been evacuated.

Indonesian meteorological agency BMKG warned people to stay away from slopes over fears of landslides at the peak of the rainy season.

The quake was felt in the neighbouring provinces of Riau and North Sumatra and as far away as Malaysia and Singapore. No tsunami warning has been issued.

Collapsed homes

Images shared with AFP from Pasaman city, near the quake’s epicentre, showed slightly collapsed houses with bricks lying on the ground and holes in the walls.

The town mayor’s residence also suffered damage, with shattered glass all over the floor, according to BNPB head Suharyanto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

Television footage showed patients being wheeled out of a hospital in West Sumatra’s provincial capital Padang.

Alim Bazar, head of Pasaman’s disaster mitigation agency, told AFP some buildings suffered fractures.

“The mayor called and ordered that all second and third floors in every building should be vacated,” he said.

Irpanda, a resident of Pasaman, told Metro TV he felt both the first and second tremors.

“At first, the quake only lasted for a few seconds. People fled their homes and buildings nearby were swaying,” he said.

“But then another quake happened and it was so strong. More people fled their houses,” he said, adding patients at a local hospital were also moved outside.

Singapore, Malaysian tremors

Tremors were also felt in Singapore, witnesses and police said.

“Earth tremors were… felt in certain parts of Singapore at about 09:45,” the police said in a statement.

The police and emergency sets “have received several calls from the public reporting these tremors”, they additional.

One Singapore resident told AFP he felt a slight shake at home that left him dizzy, while state broadcaster CNA showed a video of ceiling lamps swaying at a high-rise apartment.

Malaysia’s meteorological department said in a tweet that “vibrations” were felt on the peninsula’s western states.

“Wow #earthquake in Kuala Lumpur,” wrote one Twitter user. “Building is swaying!!”

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, causing it to experience frequent earthquakes.

In 2004, a 9.1-extent quake hit the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220 000 people throughout the vicinity, including about 170 000 in Indonesia.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, causing it to experience frequent earthquakes.

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