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Earthquake shakes Indonesian island of Java, at least 2 dead


JAKARTA, Indonesia — An earthquake shook Indonesia’s main island, Java, on Monday. At least two people were killed, dozens of buildings were damaged and residents took to the streets of the capital for safety.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude-5.6 quake was centered in the Cianjur region of West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 mi).

At least two people were killed and four others injured, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. Dozens of buildings were damaged, including an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public facilities.

Information is still being collected on the extent of casualties and damage, it said in a statement.

The earthquake was strongly felt in the Jakarta area. High-rise buildings in the capital swayed and some were evacuated.

“The earthquake felt so strong. My colleagues and I decided to leave our office on the ninth floor via the emergency staircase,” says Vidi Primadhania, a staff member in South Jakarta.

Earthquakes are common in the vast archipelago, but it is uncommon for them to be felt in Jakarta.

The country of more than 270 million people is regularly 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 nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.

A powerful earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004 killed nearly 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia.

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