In the vicinity of the Indonesian island of Sumba, between Lombok and Timor, Tuesday morning, an earthquake occurred with a force of more than 6 on the Richter scale. That message the American geological institute USGS.
The earthquake comes a few days after the heavy earthquake of 7.4 on the Richter scale, followed by a tsunami, on the island of Sulawesi. It came to at least 844 people were killed.
The earthquake in Sumba happened around seven Tuesday morning, about ten kilometers under the sea level, forty miles from the island where 750,000 people live.
There are no reports about serious damage or victims, as confirm by the authorities. Some of the buildings would cracks. “The quake was felt everywhere. Residents fled in panic to leave their homes and children were scared, ” says Martina Djera, head of the civil protection of East Sumba. There were also several small aftershocks.
On Sulawesi prevails in the meantime, more and more chaos. Rescue workers have a shortage of heavy equipment to clear rubble and victims to break free. Survivors complain about a lack of food and fuel. The Indonesian government has the international community asked for help.
In a church in the Sigi district on Sulawesi on Tuesday, the bodies of 34 theology students found. The victims were part of a group of 86 young people at a bible camp, after the earthquake of the missing were. About the fate of their fellow students is still unclear.