A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Ambon, the capital of Maluku province, this morning at 8:46 a.m. Indonesian authorities quickly lifted the tsunami alarm, but the violent earthquake resulted in four deaths and many collapsed houses, according to CNA. A victim was buried alive by a rock slide.
The Indonesian Emergency Response Center and rescue teams said most people rushed out of buildings following the earthquake. Two people were killed by debris from collapsing buildings, and one was buried alive in a rock slide. A woman seeking higher ground on her motorcycle skidded off-road and was pronounced dead by the hospital.
CNA reported that locals helped injured neighbors, and many houses in the city were damaged, with crumpled walls and tiles on the ground.
“The impact was felt across Ambon city and surrounding areas,” said Rahmat Triyono, head of the earthquake and tsunami division at Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).
By Shelly Yang
Translated by Vivian Hsiao