At the least 56 folks died after a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday, in line with its governor.
Greater than 700 had been additionally injured, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil mentioned.
“There are nonetheless many residents trapped on the incident websites, we assume that the injured and lifeless victims will proceed to extend as time goes by,” Kamil mentioned.
The earthquake struck the Cianjur area of West Java at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), in line with the USA Geological Survey (USGS).
4 colleges and 52 homes collapsed or had been badly broken, in line with the native workplace of the Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Company (BNPB). A mosque and a hospital had been additionally broken, the company mentioned.
The BNPB mentioned there is no such thing as a tsunami danger, Reuters reported.
Herman Suherman, a authorities official in Cianjur, informed media that some residents had been trapped within the rubble of collapsed buildings. Information channel Metro TV confirmed what seemed to be a whole bunch of victims being handled in a hospital car parking zone.
It mentioned an Islamic boarding college was additionally broken, whereas communications had been disrupted attributable to energy outages.
Tv footage confirmed residents huddled exterior buildings nearly completely lowered to rubble, in line with Reuters.
One, named solely as Muchlis, mentioned he felt “an enormous shake” and that the partitions and ceiling of his workplace had been broken.
“I used to be very shocked. I used to be fearful that there can be one other earthquake,” Muchlis informed Metro TV.
The BMKG warned of a hazard of landslides, particularly in case of heavy rains, as 25 aftershocks had been recorded within the two hours after the earthquake.
In a press convention, Governor Kamil mentioned the demise toll is more likely to rise additional.
Rescuers are at present unable to succeed in a few of these trapped, he mentioned, including that the state of affairs stays chaotic with the opportunity of additional aftershocks.
Authorities authorities are constructing tents and shelters for the victims whereas attending to their fundamental wants, Kamil added.
Indonesia lies on the “Ring of Fireplace,” a band across the Pacific Ocean that causes frequent earthquakes and volcanic exercise. One of the crucial seismically energetic areas on the planet, it stretches from Japan and Indonesia on one aspect of the Pacific to California and South America on the opposite.
In 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on the northern Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that swept by 14 international locations, killing 226,000 folks alongside the Indian Ocean coast, greater than half of them in Indonesia.