JAKARTA, Indonesia –
An earthquake shook Indonesia’s most important island of Java on Monday, killing at least 46 individuals, damaging dozens of buildings and sending residents into the capital’s streets for security.
The U.S. Geological Survey mentioned the magnitude 5.6 quake was centred within the Cianjur area in West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).
“There are 46 lifeless individuals at the Cianjur regional hospital and round 700 injured individuals. Many had been harm as a result of they had been hit by collapsed buildings,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency chief Suharyanto mentioned.
Several landslides had been reported round Cianjur. Dozens of buildings had been broken, together with an Islamic boarding college, a hospital and different public services, the company mentioned.
Information was nonetheless being collected in regards to the extent of casualties and injury, it mentioned in a press release.
The quake was felt strongly within the higher Jakarta space. High rises within the capital swayed and a few had been evacuated.
“The quake felt so sturdy. My colleagues and I made a decision to get out of our workplace on the ninth flooring utilizing the emergency stairs,” mentioned Vidi Primadhania, an worker in South Jakarta.
Earthquakes happen steadily throughout the sprawling archipelago nation, however it’s unusual for them to be felt in Jakarta.
The nation of greater than 270 million individuals is steadily struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault strains within the Pacific Basin.
In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at least 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 practically 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.
A robust Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed practically 230,000 individuals in a dozen nations, most of them in Indonesia.