A strong, shallow (shallow ones cause the most damage) earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight, causing landslides and sending people fleeing from their homes in the dark. At least 36 people have died, 100's were injured, but Indonesian officials said they were still collecting information from devastated areas. In a video released by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, a girl trapped in the wreckage of a house cried out for help and said her mother was alive but unable to move out. "Please help me, it's hurt," the girl told rescuers, who replied that they desperately wanted to help her. In the video, the rescuers said an excavator was needed to save them. Other images in the video showed a severed bridge and damaged and even flattened houses. TV stations reported the earthquake damaged part of a hospital and patients were moved to an emergency tent outside.
Another video showed a father cried hopeless, asking help from people to save his children buried under tons of his house rubble. "My children there ... they are trapped inside, please help," he cried in panic. About 2000 displaced people were evacuated to several temporary shelters. The magnitude 6.2 quake early today was centred 36km south of West Sulawesi province's Mamuju district, at a depth of 18km, the US Geological Survey said.Tuesday, 12 January 2021 2021's impressive start continues with its first major quake, (mag 6 or higher) outside The Pacific Ring Of Fire with a powerful shallow magnitude 6.7 - 33 km SSW of Turt, Mongolia. 23 volcanoes erupting worldwide with 17 of them around The Pacific Ring Of Fire
Sunday, 10 January 2021 The Pacific Ring Of Fire continued it's 2021 impressive explosion with two more major quakes this morning bringing the total to seven in just the first ten days of 2021 along with an equally impressive number of volcano eruptions.
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