Indonesia' Disaster Management Agency reported two people died and 2,000 displaced due to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in 62 kilometers (km) northeast of Labuha, South Halmahera, North Maluku on Sunday, July 14: Photo by TheInsideStories

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia’ Disaster Management Agency reported two people died and 2,000 displaced due to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in 62 kilometers (km) northeast of Labuha, South Halmahera, North Maluku on Sunday, July 14.

The agency’ spokesman, Agus Wibowo, told the Media today (07/15)m that the earthquake had no tsunami potential. But, the local government sets the disaster emergency response period for seven days from 15 to 21 July, he said.

“The damage and the number of victims are still being monitored,” he said in Jakarta on Monday (07/15) at his office.

In addition, Wibowo revealed, the depth of the natural disaster was around 10 km and was caused by the active fault Sorong Bacan. The analysis results of the earthquake Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency are generated by rock deformation with a horizontal movement structure.

“The area around the epicenter is composed of volcanic and sedimentary rocks with decomposed and loose properties so that the shock feels strong,” said the spokesman.

Aftershocks are still felt until the next day on July 15 and occur 65 times with an average depth of 10 km. Infrastructure damage such as roads and bridges is at several points.

“There are two damaged bridge units in Saketa Village, besides, there are 58 damaged housing units,” said Wibowo.

Reportedly, the earthquake shocks occurred in several surrounding areas such as Obi, Labuha, Manado, Ambon, Ternate, Namlea, Gorontalo, Raja Ampat, Sorong, and Bolaang to Mongondow, in eastern of Indonesia.

The local government provides 14 refuge points where it is predicted that the number of refugees will continue to increase. The agency’s Rapid Reaction Team has gone to the disaster location to provide assistance.

Furthermore, The agency will bring down the drone team to the disaster site and have prepared three points of refugee. “The drone team will help to more easily explore the place of disaster, especially a place that is very difficult to reach,” explained Wibowo.

Then, there are several places that have been prepared so that the refugees can be accommodated such as the Office of the Regent, the Great Mosque, and the official residence of the Regent of South Halmahera,” he stated.

Since last night, the local Government, Indonesian National Army, Indonesia Police and related agencies focus on handling refugees located in several points and collecting tents, installing tents at a number of refugee locations and planning logistics distribution.

Written by Willy Matrona, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com