6.5 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia’s Java Island, 2 dead

Published on : Saturday, December 16, 2017

javaDozens of home near the epicenter got damaged while two people were killed when a strong earthquake of magnitude 6.5 hit Indonesia’s densely populated Java Island.

The quake was felt across the island and around 200 kilometers away in the capital Jakarta leading to the swaying of office towers and apartment buildings .



The tremors lasted for around 30 seconds in places.



People fled coastal areas in fear of tsunami, some ran out of the buildings in many areas. The roads were clogged with motorbikes, cars and trucks.



A local said that the tremors were felt for 20 second and cracked the walls, he fled on his motorbike with his wife and kids after the neighbours yelled that water was coming.



More than 1,000 villagers in the same area evacuated to higher ground and did not return until Saturday morning unless the authorities convinced about the safety.



The National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said that  62-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman were killed in building collapses.



The damage was found to be the heaviest near the epicenter in the Tasikmalaya, Pangandaran and Ciamis regions of West Java Province. Around 40 houses were collapsed and 65 suffered damage.



The U.S. Geological Survey stated that the earthquake was about 91 kilometers deep and was located inland, triggering a tsunami warning for several parts of Java’s coastline.



There were no significant waves however.



Hospitals were damaged and patients were evacuated.



Indonesia is located on the ‘Pacific Ring of  Fire’ and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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