Local media: Dozens killed and hundreds injured in Java earthquake | Abroad

Local media: Dozens killed and hundreds injured in Java earthquake |  Abroad

On Monday, local media reported that an earthquake occurred on the Indonesian island of Java, killing at least dozens of people. Hundreds more were said to have been injured. The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.6 and was felt by residents of the capital, Jakarta, among other countries.

The National Disaster Relief Service is currently trying to clarify the exact number of casualties. The authorities are still assessing the exact damage. Dozens of buildings were apparently damaged, including an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public buildings.

A government official from West Java province told local media that nearly twenty people were killed and, according to him, at least three hundred injured people are being treated at the local hospital where they died. These numbers have not been officially confirmed.

The Indonesian Meteorological Agency said the epicenter was in the city of Cianjur in West Java, about 75 kilometers southeast of Jakarta. The earthquake occurred at a depth of ten kilometers. Within two hours after the earthquake, BMKG recorded 25 aftershocks. There was no danger of a tsunami.

As far as is known, no injuries have been reported in the capital, Jakarta. There, buildings began to shake and people were evacuated from offices, among other places.

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