Indonesia earthquake: 44 dead and 300 injured

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck an area south of the Indonesian capital on Monday, where the quake shook buildings. Nearly twenty people were killed.

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SAccording to a local official, 44 people died and 300 were injured in a 5.6 magnitude earthquake that struck the Indonesian island of Java on Monday, shaking skyscrapers as far away as the capital Jakarta.


“According to the information that I have at the moment, in this hospital alone, almost twenty people have died and at least 300 are being treated,” Herman Suherman, head of the administration of the city of Cianjur, told the chain. Metro TV.

“Most have broken bones after getting stuck in the rubble of buildings,” he added.

Authorities earlier reported rescuing a woman and baby trapped in a landslide in Cianjur.

The epicenter was located near this city some 100 kilometers south of Jakarta, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Media showed several buildings in Cianjur whose roofs had collapsed.

“We urge people to stay outside buildings for now, as there could be possible aftershocks,” Indonesian meteorological agency director Dwikorita Karnawati told reporters.

The US Geological Service had earlier estimated the magnitude of the quake at 5.4. No casualties or major damage were reported in Jakarta immediately but in the capital, people rushed out of buildings.

Indonesia is regularly confronted with earthquakes or volcanic eruptions, due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where the tectonic plates meet. In 2018, the island of Lombok and the neighboring island of Sumbawa were hit by a violent earthquake which killed more than 550 people.

The same year, another earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 caused a tsunami that hit Palu, on the island of Sulawesi, causing the death or disappearance of 4,300 people.

The island of Java had for its part been affected by an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 in 2006, near the city of Yogyakarta (center), causing around 6,000 deaths and tens of thousands of injuries. A year earlier, an 8.7 magnitude earthquake hitting the regularly hit coast of Sumatra killed more than 900 people.

But the country remains marked by the earthquake of December 26, 2004 with a magnitude of 9.1 off the coast of Sumatra. It caused a major tsunami that killed 220,000 people across the region, including 170,000 in Indonesia alone, one of the deadliest natural disasters ever recorded.

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