The earthquake that struck Java Island in Indonesia left at least 46 people dead and 700 injured.
According to Suharyanto, the head of the disaster agency, hundreds of residences were damaged, along with a boarding school, a hospital, and a number of government structures.
At least 46 people were killed in the quake that hit Java Island, the largest island in Indonesia, local authorities reported.
The Cianjur regional hospital is home to about 700 injured persons and 46 dead patients. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s Director Suharyanto said that many people were harmed as a result of being struck by falling structures.
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, struck West Java in Indonesia at 12:21 pm local time (1:21 a.m. ET). About 47 miles to the southeast of Jakarta, it was centred in the Cianjur region at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).
According to Suharyanto, hundreds of residences were damaged, along with a boarding school, a hospital, and other government structures. Around the epicentre, many landslides were also observed.
The disaster service stated in a statement that further data was still being gathered regarding the severity of casualties and damage. According to first images from the area, injured locals were sent to hospitals right away and were also seen receiving medical care in parking lots.
The greater Jakarta area felt the quake heavily. The capital’s skyscrapers shook, forcing some people to flee.
The country of Southeast Asia, which has a population of over 270 million, is frequently affected by earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions because it is situated on the “Ring of Fire,” a chain of active faults and earthquakes everywhere in the Pacific Ocean basin.
More than 460 people were hurt and at least 25 people died in West Sumatra province in February as a result of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in the province of West Sulawesi in January 2021 left more than 100 people dead and about 6,500 injured.