One killed, over 1000 houses, buildings damaged after strong quake in Indonesia

Posted January 24, 2018

Offices and high-rise homes in Jakarta and in the surrounding areas were quickly evacuated as the quake and its aftershocks shook buildings.

A strong 6.4-magnitude natural disaster today struck off the coast of Lebak, Banten, said Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG). "Residents should go back to their normal activity", said Dr Daryono, head of quake information and tsunami warning at BMKG.

"Southern Java is prone to earthquakes", he said. We don't anticipate any damage in Jakarta.

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Residents in Jakarta, Bogor and Sukabumi reported that they felt the tremor.

Meanwhile, in Central Jakarta, hundreds of employees were seen fleeing buildings and rushing to the streets according to the standard evacuation procedure. "We were in a vehicle and it felt like someone from outside shook our auto", Mr Hardi, a resident in Sukabumi, told Jakarta-based Elshinta radio.

An official of the national disaster management agency told Xinhua by phone that a total of 13 houses were damaged in Serang district of the province and four others in West Java province.

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In West Java's Cianjur province six students were badly injured when the roof of their school collapsed.

Rudy Togatorop, 35, said: "We felt the quake for three to five minutes".

Indonesia is regularly rocked by earthquakes - the country located on the Ring of Fire, a huge area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions frequently occur.

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