kills dozens in Indonesia


The country’s main island, Java, has been hit by quakes measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, according to USGS

Dozens of people were killed and hundreds injured when Indonesia’s main island, Java, was rocked by an earthquake on Monday.

The quake had a magnitude of 5.6 and its epicenter was in the Cianjur region in the west of the island, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The quakes caused massive destruction in the area, with the spokesman for the local government in Cianjur town telling AFP that “Dozens of people have died.”

“Hundreds, maybe thousands of houses have been damaged. So far, 44 people have died.” the official added.

Earlier, Cianjur administration chief Herman Suherman told Metro TV that there had been several dozen fatalities and at least 300 injuries, most of them hospitalized with “ruptures from getting stuck among the ruins of buildings.”

The city and district of Cianjur, with an estimated population of nearly 175,000, is located about 120 kilometers southeast of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta.

Shaking from the earthquake has also been felt in Jakarta, with people running out of buildings. However, so far there have been no reports of fatalities or destruction in the capital.

The country’s meteorological service warned residents about this “Maybe there are aftershocks” and called on householders not to return home for the time being.

Located along the so-called ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’ – where several tectonic plates meet, resulting in most of the world’s volcanoes and earthquakes – Indonesia is no stranger to deadly earthquakes.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the island of Sulawesi last January, killing more than 100 people and destroying thousands of homes.

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