Six die in the South Halmahera earthquake: BNPB

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – Six people died as a result of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that shocked the South Halmahera district in northern Maluku on Sunday night, Agus Wibowo, director of the Agency's information and public relations center for disaster mitigation (BNPB).

"Five people died after being hit by the rubble of buildings and one person died in a refugee camp," Agus noted in a press release issued Wednesday in Jakarta.

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), resident of the village of Gane Dalam, in the southeast district of Gane; Sagaf Girato (50 years), resident of the village of Yomen, subdistrict of Joronga; Aina Amin (50 years old), resident in the village of Gane Luar, sub-district of the south east of Gane; 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 of Nyonyifi village, in the sub-district of East Bacan.

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The South Halmahera district was struck by an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale at a depth of 10 kilometers below sea level, 62 kilometers northeast of Labuha, in northern Maluku.

The earthquake occurred on Sunday, July 14, at 4:10 pm, a western Indonesian time at the coordinates of 0.59 degrees south latitude and 128.06 degrees east longitude and was shallow due to Sorong fault activity -Bacan. The results of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) analysis showed that the earthquake was generated by a rocky deformation with a horizontal movement structure.

The South Halmahera District Administration declared a seven-day emergency response period from 15 to 21 July.

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