Indonesia’s JAKARTA At least 46 people were killed and scores of structures were damaged as an earthquake struck Java, the largest island in Indonesia, on Monday. In search of safety, citizens ran onto the city’s streets.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the magnitude 5.6 earthquake had its epicentre at a depth of 10 kilometres in the Cianjur district of West Java province (6.2 miles).
“There are over 700 injured individuals and 46 deceased people at the regional hospital in Cianjur”. According to Suharyanto, chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, many people were harmed when they were struck by falling buildings.
Numerous landslides around Cianjur were reported. The organisation reported that dozens of structures, including an Islamic boarding school, a hospital, and other public services, were damaged.
The amount of casualties and damage was still unknown, the statement stated, but information was being gathered.
The greater Jakarta area felt the quake heavily. The capital’s high towers shook, forcing some residents to flee.
The vast archipelago country experiences quakes frequently, but they are rarely felt in Jakarta.
The nation of more than 270 million people is located in the Pacific Basin’s “Band of Fire,” a ring of volcanoes and fault lines and as a result, it frequently experiences earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis.
There were at least 25 fatalities and more than 460 injuries as a result of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that occurred in the West Sumatra province in February.
More than 100 people were killed and about 6,500 were injured in West Sulawesi province as a result of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in January 2021.
In a dozen nations, the most of which were in Indonesia, a devastating earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004 killed about 230,000 people.