Dozens killed in earthquake on Indonesia’s main island Java

An earthquake on Monday killed at least 46 people and damaged dozens of buildings on Indonesia’s main island of Java.

According to the US Geological Survey, the 5.6-magnitude quake was centered in the Cianjur region of West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers, or 6.2 miles.

The head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, Suharyanto, said at least 46 people had died and 700 others were injured in the quake. The agency said dozens of damaged buildings included an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public facilities.

Workers inspect a store damaged during an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, November 21, 2022.

Workers inspect a store damaged during an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, November 21, 2022.

People in the Greater Jakarta area said the quake was felt stronger in their area, where there are many high-rise buildings. Some people of the area had to be evacuated.

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People injured during an earthquake receive medical treatment in the parking lot of a hospital in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.

People injured during an earthquake receive medical treatment in the parking lot of a hospital in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.

The country is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis due to its location on the “Ring of Fire” of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

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An earthquake struck Indonesia's main island of Java on Monday, damaging dozens of buildings and sending residents running for safety on the streets of the capital.

An earthquake struck Indonesia’s main island of Java on Monday, damaging dozens of buildings and sending residents running for safety on the streets of the capital.

At least 25 people were killed and more than 460 were injured in a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in West Sumatra province in February. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck West Sulawesi province, killing more than 100 people and injuring nearly 6,500.

And in 2004 a powerful Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami killed nearly 230,000 people in a dozen countries. Most of these people were in Indonesia.

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Nevertheless, it is unusual for the people of Jakarta to feel an earthquake.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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