A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island early Friday, January 15, 2021. At least 42 people were killed and hundreds more injured according to the country’s disaster mitigation agency.
The epicenter of the quake was 3.7 miles northeast of the city of Majene on the island of Salewesi. Thirty-four people died in the city of Mamuju, to the north of the epicenter, and eight died in Majene. In Majene, at least 637 were injured and 15,000 residents have been displaced, according to the country’s National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB). Local search and rescue teams are still trying to rescue people trapped under collapsed buildings.
Heart to Heart International is currently preparing a shipment of aid that will be sent to partners on the ground, and we are reaching out to other partners in the area to determine what needs they have.
In September 2018, a devastating 6.2-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami struck the city of Palu, in Sulawesi, killing thousands of people. Heart to Heart International also responded to that quake, providing medicines and medical supplies to our partner on the ground, Hope Worldwide. Read more about the 2018 response.