Dozens of individuals are feared lifeless after an earthquake rocked the primary Indonesian island of Java on Monday, damaging buildings and sending individuals scrambling for security.
An official quoted by AFP stated the variety of individuals killed had reached a minimum of 44.
The US Geological Survey stated the magnitude 5.6 earthquake was centered within the Cianjur area of West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers.
“There have been dozens of individuals killed. Tons of, perhaps even 1000’s of homes are broken. To date 44 individuals have died,” stated a spokesman for the administration of town of Cianjur in West Java. An earlier report stated about 20 individuals died.
Dozens of buildings had been broken, together with an Islamic boarding faculty, a hospital and different public services, Nationwide Catastrophe Mitigation Company chief Suharyanto stated.
Data on the extent of casualties and harm was nonetheless being gathered, the company stated in an announcement.
The earthquake was strongly felt within the larger Jakarta space. Skyscrapers within the capital swayed and a few had been evacuated.
“The earthquake felt very sturdy. My colleagues and I made a decision to depart our workplace on the ninth flooring utilizing the emergency stairs,” stated Vidi Primadhania, an worker from South Jakarta.
Earthquakes happen continuously all through the sprawling archipelago nation, however are not often felt in Jakarta.