Indonesia earthquake rescuers search building rubble for survivors

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Published on 15 Jan 2021, 17:30
Indonesian search and rescue workers raced to find survivors on Friday after a powerful earthquake killed at least 35 people and injured hundreds on Sulawesi island.

The quake and aftershocks damaged more than 300 homes and two hotels, as well as flattening a hospital and the office of a regional governor, where authorities told Reuters several people have been trapped under the rubble.

No tsunami warning was issued but the head of Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Dwikorita Karnawati, told a news conference that aftershocks could follow, with a possibility that another powerful quake could trigger a tsunami.

There had been at least 26 aftershocks, she said, with Friday's quake preceded by a quake of 5.9 magnitude the previous day.

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