On Monday, local media reported that an earthquake occurred on the Indonesian island of Java, killing at least dozens of people. Hundreds more were said to have been injured. The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.6 and was felt by residents of the capital, Jakarta, among other countries.
The National Disaster Relief Service is currently trying to clarify the exact number of casualties. The authorities are still assessing the exact damage. Dozens of buildings were apparently damaged, including an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public buildings.
A government official from West Java province told local media about twenty deaths, and according to him, there are at least three hundred injured people who are also being treated at the local hospital where they died. These numbers have not been officially confirmed.
The Indonesian Meteorological Agency said the epicenter was in the city of Cianjur in West Java, about 75 kilometers southeast of Jakarta. The earthquake occurred at a depth of ten kilometers. Within two hours after the earthquake, BMKG recorded 25 aftershocks. There was no danger of a tsunami.
As far as is known, there were no casualties in the capital, Jakarta. There, buildings began to shake and people were evacuated from offices, among other places.
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