The death toll from the earthquake has risen to 56 in Indonesia, with 700 wounded

The death toll from a massive earthquake that rocked the island of West Java in the Indonesian archipelago on Monday rose to at least 56, a local official told AFP.

The earthquake, measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, injured more than 700 people, while rescue teams are trying to reach the survivors trapped under the rubble in one moment in which the region is still seeing aftershocks. The governor of West Java, Ridwan Camil, said that there are 56 confirmed dead from the earthquake, whose epicenter was the city of Cianjur, about 75 km southeast of the capital, Jakarta.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency, which it released on Monday in data on local officials on the ground lagged, he said in a news conference that up to 700 were injured and more than 300 homes were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake. A spokesman for the local government in the West Java city of Senajor said in earlier: “Dozens of people have been killed. Hundreds or even thousands of homes have been damaged. So far we have counted 44 dead.” The magnitude of the earthquake that shook the province of West Java in Indonesia was 5.6 degrees Celsius on Monday, while its epicenter was at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the Indonesian Meteorology, Climate Sciences and Geophysics Agency.

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Government official in Cianjur, the West Java city where the epicenter is, said up to 20 people died in a hospital in the district, according to Reuters. The quake was reported to have damaged dozens of buildings and drove residents to the streets of the capital in seeks security, including an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public facilities.

The earthquake was felt strongly in thearea of Greater Jakarta: “The earthquake was strong,” said Vidi Premadhania, an employee of South Jakarta. My colleagues and I decided to exit our ninth-floor office via the emergency stairs.” Maedita Walio, a 22-year-old lawyer, described panic among staff who rushed out of the building when the earthquake. He said, “I was working when the ground started shaking under me. I clearly felt the earthquake. I tried to do nothing to figure out what was going on, but it got stronger and lasted for a while.” “I feel a little dizzy and my legs are tired from coming down the stairs from the 14th floor,” she added. she.

Indonesia experiences frequent earthquakes due to its location in the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity in colliding tectonic plates extending from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific Basin.

In February, a 6.2-magnitude 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.