Indonesian Island of Java Hit by Earthquake: At Least 46 Dead

At least 46 people were killed in the earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Java. The epicentre of the magnitude 5.6 earthquake was about 75 km southeast of the capital Jakarta, at a depth of ten kilometres.

At a press conference, the head of Indonesia’s disaster relief agency said that at least 46 people had been killed and 700 injured.

Images show how buildings in Cianjur are in ruins. According to authorities, hundreds, perhaps thousands of homes have been damaged. A hospital and a school also collapsed. There has been a power outage in the region, hampering rescue efforts. In addition, multiple landslides have been reported.

The earthquake was also felt in the capital Jakarta, where tall buildings were evacuated.

Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis regularly hit the country due to its location on the “ring of fire”, the world’s most active geological zone.

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