The death toll from an earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Java on Monday has risen to at least 44, a local official said in the worst-hit city. media locals.
“Dozens of people were killed. Hundreds or even thousands of homes were damaged. So far we have counted 44 dead,” said a local government spokesman in the West Java city of Sinajur.
The head of the municipal administration of Cianjur, Herman Sohrmann, said in a preliminary toll that nearly 20 people have died and at least 300 people are in treatment. Most of them suffered fractures from destroyed buildings,” according to Reuters.
In addition, Monday’s earthquake shook buildings in the Indonesian capital, causing damage to dozens of them, and prompted people to run through the streets of Jakarta to get in save.
For its part, the US Geological Survey said that the magnitude 5.4 earthquake was centered in the Cianjur district of West Java province, at a depth of 10 km.
Earthquakes occur frequently in all over the vast country, but they are not uncommon in Jakarta.
Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.
In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at least 25 people and injured more than 460 in West Sumatra province.
In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed more than 100 people and injured about 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.
A powerful earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004 killed nearly 230,000 people in more than 10 countries, most in Indonesia.
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