An earthquake on the Indonesian main island of Java has left destruction and despair in its wake around the city of Cianjur. The death toll rose to 268 by Tuesday afternoon (local time), according to the national civil protection agency. Emergency services were still looking for more than 150 missing people in the rubble of houses and under mudslides. Using excavators and dump trucks, they were digging access to areas cut off by landslides.

Many school children were among the victims. “Most of the victims are children because at 1 p.m. they were still at school,” said Henri Alfiandi, head of the National Rescue Agency. The work is difficult, landslides and rough terrain hampered rescue attempts. More than 1,000 people were injured, more than 58,000 were made homeless and more than 22,000 houses were destroyed. President Joko Widodo visited the disaster area on Tuesday and promised financial aid for those affected. In particular, it is important to quickly rescue those who are still buried. Earthquake-proof construction standards would have to be used during reconstruction, as earthquakes would repeatedly occur in the island state, he warned. The 7.0 magnitude quake struck at noon (local time) near the town of Malango in the province of Guadalcanal at a depth of about 15 kilometers. A tsunami warning caused fear and panic – but this was lifted after a few hours. Reports of deaths or injuries and major destruction in the Solomon Islands were not initially known, but according to local media there should be damage to buildings. Many people tried to get away from the coasts to higher ground. Malango is less than 40 kilometers southwest of the capital, Honiara. The authorities advised the population to remain cautious even after the all-clear, as aftershocks are to be expected. The Solomon Islands, with around 700,000 inhabitants, lie to the east of New Guinea.if(!apaResc)var apaResc=function(a){var e=window.addEventListener?”addEventListener”:”attachEvent”,t,n;(0,window[e])(“attachEvent”==e?”onmessage”:”message”,function(e){if(e.data[a]) for(var t=document.getElementsByClassName(a),n=0;n!=t.length;n++) t[n].style.height=e.data[a]+”px”},!1)}; apaResc(“apa-1620-22”);More than 100 aftershocksThe quake had a magnitude of 5.6, according to the Geophysics and Meteorology Agency. The epicenter was in the city of Cianjur at a depth of around ten kilometers. At least one village was buried in a landslide resulting from the quake. There were more than 100 aftershocks in total. The earthquake could still be felt in the capital Jakarta, 75 kilometers away.Indonesia lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the most geologically active zone on earth. The volcanic belt surrounds the Pacific Ocean on three sides. There are regular volcanic eruptions, but also violent earthquakes and seaquakes.

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