At Least 46 Dead In Indonesia Earthquake, 700 Injured

At Least 46 Dead In Indonesia Earthquake, 700 Injured

The epicenter of the earthquake was the Cianjur region in West Java.

Cianjur, Indonesia:

A shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s main island of Java on Monday, killing at least 46 people and injuring 700, local officials said, damaging buildings and triggering landslides.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake was centered in the Cianjur region of West Java and was felt as far away as the capital, Jakarta, where panicked residents took to the streets.

“The latest information, 46 people have been killed. Victims are coming from many areas. About 700 people have been injured,” Herman Suherman, head of administration in the city of Cianjur in West Java, told broadcaster Compass TV.

He said, thousands of houses may be damaged in the earthquake.

The head of the local administration in the town worst hit by the quake said most of the deaths were counted in just one hospital, without giving specific figures, adding that many more in nearby villages had yet to be evacuated.

“The information I have for now, in this hospital alone, about 20 people have died and at least 300 are being treated,” Hermann Suhrmann told Metro TV broadcaster.

Most of them suffered broken bones as they were trapped in the debris of the building.

According to local media reports, the earthquake severely damaged shops, a hospital and an Islamic boarding school in the city.

Broadcasters showed several buildings in Cianjur, with roofs collapsed and debris littering the streets.

Suharman said relatives of the victims gathered at the town’s Sayang Hospital and warned that the death toll could rise as villagers outside the town may still be trapped.

“Currently we are handling people in emergency in this hospital. Ambulances keep coming to the hospital from villages,” he said.

“There are many families in the village who have not been evacuated.”

The country’s disaster chief Suharianto, who also goes by one name, said at least 14 people had died in the Cianjur area but said information was “still developing”.

Cianjur police chief Donny Hermawan said Metro TV authorities rescued a woman and a child from a landslide but found a third person dead from their injuries.

Jakarta is uproar

The country’s meteorological agency warned residents near the quake to be on alert for more tremors.

“We are urging people to stay out of buildings for the time being because of possible aftershocks,” Indonesian Meteorological Agency chief Dwikorita Karnawati told reporters.

The USGS had previously put the magnitude of the quake at 5.4.

No casualties or major damage were reported in Jakarta.

Mayadita Waluyo, a 22-year-old lawyer, described how terrified workers ran to get out of their buildings in Jakarta when the earthquake hit.

“I was working when the floor below me was shaking. I could clearly feel the vibration. I didn’t try to do anything to process what it was but it got stronger and lasted for a while,” he said.

“I feel a little dizzy now and my legs are a little cramped because I had to walk down from the 14th floor.”

Hundreds of people waited outside after the quake, some wearing hard hats to protect them from falling debris, an AFP journalist there said.

Indonesia experiences frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi in January last year, killing more than 100 people and leaving thousands homeless.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and appeared on a syndicated feed.)

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