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Indonesia to end national search efforts as new quake hits Java

Indonesia to end national search efforts as new quake hits Java

A magnitude 6.0 quake has struck just off the coast of Indonesia, a country reeling from an natural disaster and tsunami last month that killed more than 2,000 people.

In a belated response to the influx of global journalists, Nugroho said foreign reporters need to apply for a journalist visa to report on the disaster.

In nearby Balaroa on Thursday, relatives of the missing stood waiting for news as rescue crews searched through debris.

"Our goal is the same regardless of nationality: to find victims and help people", an Indonesian rescue worker who gave his name as Ival told BenarNews. As of this writing, Indonesian authorities have ordered for the extension of its search operation as many others remain missing at the request of their families in hope to give their loved ones a proper burial.

The agency's spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, said the death toll from the double disaster on September 28 has risen to 2,045, with most of the fatalities in the coastal city of Palu.

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Most of the deaths took place in Palu, capital of Central Sulawesi province and the city worst affected by the disaster.

The state disaster mitigation agency said the search was being stepped up and focused more intensely on areas where many people are believed to be buried.

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With power and communications knocked out in Palu, there was no hope of warning people through text messages or sirens that tsunami waves of up to six meters (20 feet) were racing towards the city.

Meanwhile, a total of 10,679 people sustained from wounds when they were hit by collapsing buildings or falling blocks of concrete during the jolts, while some others were hit by the strikes of the tsunami, Sutopo said.

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During the summer, the earthquakes had done more than 550 deaths on the indonesian island of Lombok.

As health workers struggled to prevent the spread of diarrhea among the 74,000 people displaced by the disasters, a new quake with a magnitude 5.2 rocked Palu, the city that bore the brunt of last month's temblor, officials said.

"The quake didn't trigger any tsunami for sure", Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia's geophysics agency, told AFP. The bodies of two were found, the youngest is missing.

Indonesia, one of the most disaster-prone nations on earth, straddles the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and numerous world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. "Everything I own, everyone else, is gone", he said.

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