No less than seven individuals killed, dozens trapped in collapsed buildings after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck close to town of Majene.

No less than seven individuals have been killed and lots of injured after a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck and toppled buildings in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island within the early hours of Friday morning, the nation’s catastrophe mitigation company stated.

The epicentre of the quake was six kilometres (3.73 miles) northeast of town of Majene, at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).

North of Majene, greater than a dozen sufferers and workers are trapped beneath the rubble of a hospital that was flattened by the quake.

“The hospital is flattened – it collapsed,” stated Arianto from the rescue company in Mamuju metropolis, who goes by one identify.

“There are sufferers and hospital workers trapped beneath the rubble and we’re now attempting to achieve them,” he informed AFP information company, with out giving a particular determine.

Residents examine earthquake-damaged homes in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia on Friday [Rudy Akdyaksyah/AP]

A number of thousand panicked residents fled their properties to hunt security after the quake, which didn’t set off a tsunami warning however was felt strongly for about seven seconds, the assertion stated.

Photos and movies posted on-line confirmed broken buildings and several other individuals trapped in collapsed constructions.

The catastrophe mitigation company stated a lodge and the workplace of the West Sulawesi governor had been additionally severely broken, and electrical energy provides had been additionally down.

Some roads had been additionally broken slowing down the rescue operation.

Hours earlier, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck in the identical district, damaging a number of homes.

Straddling the so-called Pacific ‘ring of fireside’, Indonesia, an archipelago of excessive tectonic exercise, is often hit by earthquakes.

In 2018, a devastating 6.2 magnitude quake and tsunami struck town of Palu, additional north in Sulawesi, killing hundreds of individuals.

Indonesia’s Nationwide Catastrophe Company rescuers search for survivors trapped in a collapsed constructing in Mamuju on Friday [Handout photo via AFP]