6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Sulawesi, Indonesia: 4 dead – 12 injured

August 18, 2012 INDONESIAA 6.3-magnitude earthquake has hit Indonesia’s central Sulawesi province, the US Geological Survey said, sending terrified residents fleeing into the streets. An earthquake registering magnitude 6.3 rocked a northern Indonesian island on Saturday as residents were ending their fast on the final day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, officials said. There were reports of at least two injuries but no tsunami warning was issued.  The U.S. Geological Survey said the late-afternoon quake struck 56 kilometers (35 miles) southeast of Palu city on Sulawesi Island at a depth of 19.9 kilometers (12.4 miles).  Sudirman, an officer at the Disaster Management Agency who uses one name, said there were reports from the province that at least four people were injured by falling debris and of damage to houses in Parigi Mountong, the district closest to the epicenter. He said the full extent of the injuries and damage was not yet known.  The earthquake struck as people in the province were ending their fast on the last day of Ramadan, causing many to rush out into the streets in panic, local news reports said. The quake struck on land 56km southeast of the city of Palu at around 0940 GMT at a depth of 20km. Panicked residents in Palu ran from their homes as the ground shook violently for a few seconds, an AFP reporter said. The Indonesian agency earlier reported the quake’s magnitude at 6.2 at a depth of 10km, with its epicentre in the populated mountainous district of Parigi Moutong. Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it is in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. –Mercury News  – Star
Death and injuries: A powerful 6.3 magnitude earthquake has shaken the eastern Indonesian island of Sulawesi, killing at least three people and seriously injuring a dozen others. The quake struck on Saturday night near the mountainous districts of Parigi Moutong and Sigi in Central Sulawesi province, where panicked residents ran from their homes into the streets as the ground shook violently for around 15 seconds. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at a depth of around 20km, 56km southeast of the provincial capital Palu, where residents also felt the tremor and ran from their homes. A National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman said 12 people have been seriously injured and 40 homes are damaged. –Radio NZ
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11 Responses to 6.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Sulawesi, Indonesia: 4 dead – 12 injured

  1. Wendy says:

    I saw this and experienced it on and off dreaming last night..I could see the panic and hear the screams of frightened people..I waited and waited for a big quake last night could sense it..and this happened about a half an hour after I went to bed…Our PNW is overcast and still this morning..no bird song..odd….keep getting a hit on 7.3mag offshore BC….

  2. angelsong says:

    Alvin,
    I enjoy reading your postings and then meditating on the information :) While meditating and praying to God, I wonder what He must be thinking or doing when events such as these occur. Well, my devotional this morning that I read after this posting pretty much answered the question for me. I would like to include the devotion at length from In Touch Magazine by Dr. Charles Stanley and this is verbatim:

    The Patience of God
    Weekend reading for August 18th-19th, 2012
    Read: 2 Peter 3:8-9

    “The Lord’s seemingly slow reaction to sin often puzzles believers. Why doesn’t He immediately punish those who violate His principles? The succinct answer is found in 2 Peter 3–The Lord is patient so that all people have an opportunity to repent (v. 9).

    In our humanness, we at times want people to suffer for wrondoing. Jonah ran away from his duty to preach in Nineveh, because he expected that if the inhabitants repented, his gracious, compassionate God would relent about destroying the city. And that is precisely what came to pass. Instead of rejoicing in the Lord’s success, the prophet complained about His treating the Ninevites with patience and mercy (Jonah 4:2).

    Jonah was angry at God despite the fact that he himself had received divine mercy. (Unpleasant though it was, there are worse forms of discipline than being swallowed and regurgitated by a
    fish.)

    More often than not, believers have ample reason to be thankful that the Lord, unlike human beings, is slow to anger. When we are stubborn and unrepentant, He waits patiently for us to respond to conviction. Discipline is painful to both the recipient and the one carrying it out. God prefers that we see the error of our ways, stop thinking that we’re getting away with sin, and turn back to His righteous path.

    The Lord places such a high value on repentance and maintaining fellowship that He is willing to delay the punishment for sin. But only for a time. Eventually, His justice demands a penalty. Do not wait for the discipline. Instead, do what’s right, and turn your heart back toward God.”

    My prayer is that this devotion will touch the hearts of those who read it, and when you don’t know what to pray, say the name of Jesus. “Jesus answered, “I am THE way and THE truth and THE life. No one comes to the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME.”(emphasis added is mine). John 14:6, NIV.

    God Bless you and yours Alvin and all of the people who have been touched by your incredible gifts of discernment, wisdom, time and love.

  3. Skitznsober says:

    Ya know, with the apparent uprise in bad earthquakes recently, it really makes you wonder what exactly is gonna happen next. I honestly do not believe any of us are ready for anything global… Such a controversial topic, but what if??

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