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“There are dozens of people dead. Hundreds, maybe thousands of houses were damaged,” declared one

Injured in the earthquake wait to be treated at the gates of a hospital.Sign TaqurPA

An earthquake of magnitude 5.4 shook the province of West Java on Monday, with almost 50 million inhabitants, the most populous in Indonesia, leaving 55 dead and 700 injured, Herman Suherman, the city’s administrative chief, told local media. from Cianjur, the closest to the epicenter.

Victims continue to arrive from many areas. Around 700 people were injured,” Suherman told Kompas TV.

“There are tens of people dead. Hundreds, maybe thousands of houses were damaged,” said Adam, a spokesman for the Cianjur local administration who, like many Indonesians, goes by only one name.

The United States Geological Survey, which records seismic activity around the world, recorded the earthquake at 1:21 p.m. (+7 GMT) and located the hypocenter at a depth of 10 kilometers and the epicenter at 16.7 kilometers from the town of Cianjur, with a population of about 170,000 people. The epicenter of the earthquake was registered near this city, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which established that the tremor had a magnitude of 5.4.

Shops, a hospital and an Islamic boarding school in the city suffered extensive damage during the tremor, according to the local press.

In the media you could see several Cianjur buildings with the roof collapsed.

Suherman also reported that relatives of the victims had gone to the Sayang hospital.

The shock was also felt in Jakarta but, for the moment, no casualties or significant damage were reported. Several people rushed out of the buildings. Mayadita Waluyo, a 22-year-old lawyer, described the panic of the workers, running for the emergency exits. “I was working when the ground shook. I could clearly feel the shaking,” she said.

“There are many families in the villages that could not be evacuated,” he added.

Indonesia often registers earthquakes because it is in thehe “ring of fire” of the Pacific.

Source: www.elmundo.es

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