Indonesia hit by 6.8 magnitude earthquake, killed more than 20 people

A strong earthquake has killed 23 people and injured more than 100 on one of Indonesia‘s less populated islands, disaster officials say. 

A massive earthquake struck Thursday in Indonesia’s Far Maluku island. Its intensity was 6.5. The earthquake caused the building to collapse and people killed in fear had run out of homes to save lives.

The quake killed 20 people, including a newborn. More than 100 were injured. 2000 people have been moved to a safer place. Most people have died after being hit by debris. One youth died of a heart attack.

The largest disaster occurred in the city of Ambon, with a population of 40,000. There were people lying on the sidewalk following the earthquake. Everyone was sleeping when the earthquake struck in the morning. The epicenter was 29 km deep, 37 km from the city of Ambon. More than two dozen aftershocks came. It also had the highest shock of 5.6.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the quake caused cracks in a main bridge in Ambon, and pictures released by the agency showed minor damage at Pattimura University in the city.

Several houses, universities and local government offices were also damaged.

Last year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.

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