A powerful undersea earthquake that struck off the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java has killed at least one person and briefly displaced more than 1,000 coastal-dwellers
According to the national seismology service the quake hit at a shallow depth of 19km beneath the epicenter near Ometepec, Guerrero, Mexico, in the evening on Friday 19 March 2021 at 9:06 pm local time.
Tokyo Electric Power said it is checking the condition of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station that was wrecked by the massive March 2011 quake, which caused nuclear meltdowns and mass evacuations.
The powerful earthquake in Indonesia that killed at least 35 people and damaged huge properties is painful news (“At least 35 killed as quake rocks Indonesia,” Jan.14, Gulf Today website). A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Sulawesi
More than 820 people were injured and about 15,000 people have been evacuated, the agency said. Some have sought refuge in the mountains, while others went to cramped evacuation centres, witnesses said.
A strong, shallow earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight Friday, toppling homes and buildings, triggering landslides and killing at least 42 people.
Civil defence officials reported strong shaking in the region but said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.
Some residents left their houses and assembled in parks and empty areas.
The quake produced powerful shaking along parts of Japan's eastern coast, and was felt strongly in Tokyo, but triggered no tsunami alert.
“Preliminary reports suggest there has been no destruction or building collapse but we will examine whether cracks have developed in dams, bridges or power plants,” said S K Singh, an official at the National Disaster Management Authority