East Nusa Tenggara quake: 7 injured, 700 displaced, latest data shows

Left, residents displaced by the massive earthquake. Right, a home damaged by the quake in Selayar regency, South Sulawesi. Photos: BNPB
Left, residents displaced by the massive earthquake. Right, a home damaged by the quake in Selayar regency, South Sulawesi. Photos: BNPB

At least seven people were injured after a strong earthquake hit the waters off East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) yesterday, which has displaced more than 700 people and damaged at least 346 homes in different parts of Indonesia.

According to the latest data from the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), officials have so far noted major damages on 134 homes, while 212 houses sustained minor damages, most of them located in Selayar Regency, South Sulawesi. Several public facilities, including three school buildings and two places of worship, were also impacted by the quakes.

A 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck the Flores Sea yesterday morning, with the epicenter located about 113 kilometers northwest of NTT and hitting at a depth of 10 kilometers, leading to an early tsunami warning that was lifted within a few hours by Indonesia’s Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG). 

As of this morning, there were no reports of fatalities from the earthquakes, although seven people were injured.

The earthquake was reportedly felt in nine regencies in NTT, as well as parts of Southeast Sulawesi and South Sulawesi. The major quake was followed by 120 aftershocks, about five of which measured above 5 in magnitude.

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