Indonesia.. Earthquake victims rise to 81 dead

Indonesia.. Earthquake victims rise to 81 dead
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The death toll from the earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi rose to 81, after more bodies were found from beneath the rubble of homes and buildings.

70 people have been confirmed dead in the city of Mamuju, while 11 others in the city of Mageni, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

The latest death toll was announced by the Indonesian authorities, on Sunday, of 78 people.

There was also significant damage to homes, a shopping mall, a hospital and several hotels, with more than 19,000 people left homeless by the quake that struck while many were still asleep early on Friday morning, disaster mitigation spokesman Raditya Jati said in a statement on Monday.

The Indonesian Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Authority stated that the epicenter of the earthquake occurred 6 km north-east of Majin, and at a depth of 10 km from the surface of the earth.

The country experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

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