21 Nov 2022 2:55 p.m
After an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java, the death toll has increased to at least 162. This was announced by the head of the municipality of the most affected city of Cianjur, Herman Suherman, on Monday. Around 700 people were injured.
After an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Java, the magnitude of which was 5.6 according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the number of dead has increased to at least 162. This was announced by the head of the municipality of the most affected city of Cianjur, Herman Suherman, on Monday.
Around 700 people were injured. “The numbers are increasing,” Suherman told a local television station. Some areas are inaccessible due to landslides. In addition, many of the injured cannot be treated because there are not enough staff available, he said.
The quake struck around midday around 70 kilometers south-east of the capital Jakarta at a depth of ten kilometers. The epicenter was on land near the town of Cianjur. That’s where the most damage happened.
Pictures of destroyed houses and streets could be seen on television. Many of the victims were killed by debris from their collapsing houses, said the head of the national civil protection. on Twitter there are now many videos that were made shortly after the earthquake.
The earthquake was also clearly felt in the metropolis of Jakarta itself. High-rise buildings swayed, but no major damage was initially reported in the city. There was no tsunami warning.
Indonesia has around 270 million inhabitants, more than half of whom live on the main island of Java. The island nation lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the most geologically active zone on earth. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common there. In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake on the island of Sumatra killed nearly 20 people. More than 400 were injured.
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