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Natural disaster hits Indonesia's Java, at least one casualty

16 December, 2017, 06:03 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • People fled in panic from buildings along coastal areas and Indonesian television showed heavy traffic on roads as people left coastal areas

A powerful 6.5 magnitude quake on Friday rocked the Indonesian capital Jakarta and other cities on the country's most populous island of Java, killing one person.

A powerful magnitude 6.5 quake struck the island of Java in Indonesia just before midnight on Friday, with authorities reporting two deaths and damage to scores of buildings.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster agency, said in a statement on Saturday two people had been killed, seven injured and more than 100 buildings damaged, including a hospital in Central Java.

The tsunami warning was later lifted at 2.27am (3.27am HKT) after no tsunami was reported. He posted photos of people scouring collapsed buildings.

The natural disaster was felt across the island as Indonesian authorities reported a quake of similar magnitude offshore of Java.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 6.5 with a depth of 91.9 km, Xinhua news agency reported.

Tremors were also felt in the cities of Bandung, more than 63.5 miles away and Yogyakarta, more than 211 miles away, authorities said.

The quake swayed buildings for several seconds in the capital, Jakarta. People rushed out of their homes in fear as buildings trembled.

Indonesia is no stranger to earthquakes of varying intensities, with the last major quake in 2004 recorded at a magnitude of 9.3, causing a massive tsunami and killing thousands.

Indonesia is located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions frequently occur.

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