An earthquake shook Indonesia’s main island of Java, killing at least 46 people, damaging dozens of buildings, and forcing residents into the streets of Jakarta for safety.
According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude-5.6 quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres in the Cianjur region of West Java province (6.2 miles).
“There are 46 dead people and 700 injured people at the Cianjur regional hospital.” Many people were injured as a result of falling buildings, according to the head of the national disaster mitigation agency.
Several landslides have been reported in the Cianjur area. According to the agency, dozens of buildings were damaged, including an Islamic boarding school, a hospital, and other public facilities. According to a statement, information about the extent of casualties and damage was still being gathered.
The quake was felt strongly in and around Jakarta. High-rise buildings in the capital shook, and some were evacuated.
“The quake was so powerful. “My colleagues and I decided to leave our office on the ninth floor via the emergency stairs,” said Vidi Primadhania, a South Jakarta employee.
Because of its location on the “ring of fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific basin, the country of more than 270 million people is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis.
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