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Earthquake hits Indonesia’s Java Island, deaths reported

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Up to date Dec 15, 2017 three:03 PM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A powerful earthquake shook the Indonesian capital Friday night time and different cities on the nation’s most populous island of Java, killing no less than 1 individual amid experiences of extra deaths and collapsed homes. The quake struck at 11:47 p.m. and triggered a tsunami warning for components of Java’s shoreline that was lifted about two hours later.

Panicking folks ran out of buildings in lots of areas and Indonesian tv confirmed heavy site visitors on roads as folks fled coastal areas.

Nationwide Catastrophe Mitigation Company spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho mentioned a 62-year-old man was confirmed lifeless within the Ciamis area of western Java and that there have been experiences of extra deaths and of accidents in the identical area. He additionally mentioned there have been experiences that buildings had collapsed within the metropolis of Tasikmalaya in western Java and in a number of western Java districts. 

“Homes and different buildings are broken in lots of areas,” he mentioned in a press release.

Sufferers are evacuated exterior a hospital following an earthquake in Banyumas, Central Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. A powerful earthquake shook the island of Java simply earlier than midnight Friday triggering a tsunami warning for components of the principle island’s shoreline.

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The U.S. Geological Survey mentioned the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 and was about 56 miles deep and positioned inland. Indonesian authorities reported a quake of comparable magnitude offshore of Java.     

Nugroho mentioned sturdy tremors have been felt for about 20 seconds within the capital of Jakarta and in cities and villages in western and central Java.     

A hospital within the central Java city of Banyumas was broken and sufferers have been evacuated, Indonesia’s MetroTV reported.

Indonesia sits on the “Pacific Ring of Fireplace” and has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.  

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