Buildings damaged after earthquake in Indonesia
Most of the damage occurred in Kepulauan Tanimbar district, the hardest hit area, where 92 houses, an office building and a school building were damaged by the quakes, said Abdul Muhari, spokesman for the national disaster relief agency.
The earthquake also destroyed 32 houses and two educational facilities in Maluku Barat Daya district, the spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.
However, the damage did not force residents in the districts to flee home, as only one person was injured, Muhari said.
A coordination meeting had been held to prepare emergency aid, including preparation for the distribution of aid such as rice, blankets, tents, medicines and others, he added.
The quake struck at 12:47 a.m. local time with the epicenter located 148 km northwest of Kepulauan Tanimbar district and a depth of 131 km below the seabed, the country’s bureau of meteorology, climatology and geophysics said, as quoted by news agency Xinhua.
Three aftershocks of weak to moderate levels followed the main shock, the weather agency said. The agency has issued a tsunami alert for the province and the nearby province of Southeast Sulawesi. The tsunami did not occur.
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