The pre-dawn earthquake was adopted by two 5.0 magnitude aftershocks.
A 62-year-old man died of a coronary heart assault whereas fleeing to security in Tarutung village, which is closest to the epicenter, mentioned native police chief Johanson Sianturi. Eleven individuals have been injured and no less than 15 homes and buildings broken within the village, he mentioned.
Authorities had been nonetheless investigating the complete extent of the injury.
A footage launched by the Nationwide Catastrophe Mitigation Company confirmed a number of residents evacuating an injured individual by a van to a hospital whereas panicked voices cried for assist. The company additionally confirmed a number of individuals receiving remedy and partitions cracked by the earthquake.
Indonesia, an enormous archipelago of greater than 270 million individuals, is regularly struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the “Ring of Hearth,” an arc of volcanoes and fault strains within the Pacific Basin.
In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed no less than 25 individuals and injured greater than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed greater than 100 individuals and injured almost 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.
A robust Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed almost 230,000 individuals in a dozen international locations, most of them in Indonesia.