Indonesia earthquake death toll rises to 1,234, another twin quake in Sumba Island


Jakarta: While the Indonesian government on Tuesday said the death toll from the quake-tsunami on Sulawesi Island had risen to 1,234 people, two quakes struck in quick succession off the southern coast of Indonesia’s Sumba Island on Tuesday morning.

A shallow and moderately strong 5.9 quake struck at 23.59 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), around 40 kilometres (25 miles) off Sumba, an island of some 750,000 people. It was followed by a stronger 6.0 magnitude quake in the same area 15 minutes later at a depth of 30 kilometres.

Sumba lies some 1,600 kilometres south of Sulawesi Island which was struck by a devastating quake and tsunami on Friday, killing more than 800 people.

Authorities are desperate to stave off any disease outbreak caused by decomposing bodies and have announced a 14-day state of emergency.

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