Death Toll In Earthquake Rises To 37
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ The death toll from an earthquake in East Nusatenggara Timur province has risen to 37, with 75 persons still missing, a spokesman of the governor’s office said today.
Spokesman Fabi Latubara said 28 people were in serious condition and 32 others sustained with light injuries.
Latubara said the earthquake that rocked the island of Pantar Thursday measured 5.8 on the Richter scale, with the epicenter located in the Flores Sea, just a few miles north of the affected area.
The quake also caused huge tsunami, or waves, that swept into the island.
It destroyed more than 50 homes, and left 12,000 people in six villages cut off from the rest of the island.
The Richter scale measures the magnitude of a quake at its epicenter, according to ground motion as recorded on seismographs.
An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale is considered very strong and a 6 is deemed severe and capable of widespread damage near the epicenter.