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The death toll rises to 23 due to a 6.5 earthquake in eastern Indonesia

September 27, 2019

JAKARTA, Sep 27 (DPA / EP) –

At least 23 people have died and more than one hundred have been injured by an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 on the Richter scale recorded on Thursday in the Moluccas Islands, in eastern Indonesia, according to a new balance confirmed by local authorities.

The earthquake has occurred around 8.46 (local time) with an epicenter 36.9 kilometers northeast of Ambon, at a depth of 29 kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey. “It has occurred on land and can cause damage to buildings that are not earthquake proof,” said the spokesman for the emergency response agency, Agus Wibowo.

The authorities estimate that some 15,000 people have had to leave their homes after about 200 homes were affected. Wibobo said that “urgent needs” include “stores, baby food, medications, blankets and water.”

A regional spokesman responsible for assistance services, Alberth Simaela, has said that the tremors have caused panic in the city of Ambon, where many residents have left their homes. Most of the victims, including a professor at the University of Pattimura, have lost their lives due to falling objects.

“Many people have not returned home because of the unfounded rumors that there could be another earthquake,” Simaela said in statements to the DPA agency.