A collapsed building seen in a floating market in Tulehu village after two powerful earthquakes hit Ambon, Maluku, within less than an hour on Thursday morning. (Antara Photo/Izaak Mulyawan)

Six Dead After Two Powerful Quakes Hit Ambon


SEPTEMBER 26, 2019

Jakarta. Two powerful earthquakes struck Ambon, Maluku, in less than an hour on Thursday morning, killing at least six people and injuring four.

The magnitude 6.5 and 5.6 earthquakes damaged homes and buildings and snapped some of the support cables of the Merah Putih Bridge that spans Ambon Bay.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Agus Wibowo said they are monitoring the area for aftershocks. He said one of the victims was only two years old. 

"Several government offices, including those of the Maluku Food Security Agency and Maluku Department of Social Affairs, were also damaged," Agus said. Other buildings that were damaged include Maluku City Mall, some on the campus of Pattimura University, places of worship and a floating market.

Agus called on residents to remain calm and to treat unconfirmed information, such as a threat of a tsunami, with circumspection.

"The BNPB advises residents to be anticipate more tremors and not to be provoked by false information that may cause fear and panic," he said.

Many residents have fled to higher ground in fear of a potential tsunami. However, Sunardi, head of the Ambon geophysics station, said there was no tsunami threat.

The epicenter of the quake was 29 kilometers from Ambon.