Dozens of people killed in earthquake that shakes Indonesia’s main island Java

An earthquake Monday caused widespread destruction to Java, Indonesia’s main island. At least 46 people were killed and dozens of other buildings were damaged.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey the magnitude 5.6 earthquake occurred in West Java’s Cianjur region at a depth 10 km, or 6.2 mi.

Suharyanto, chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said that at least 46 people were killed and 700 more were injured by the earthquake. According to the agency, among the many buildings that were damaged was a mosque, hospital, and other public facilities.

The greater Jakarta region reported that the earthquake felt strong because of the high rises in their area. The area was evacuated by some residents. Because of its position on the “Ring of Fire,” an area of fault lines and volcanoes in the Pacific Basin, the country is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis.


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