162 killed in earthquake in Java, Indonesia

There was an earthquake IndonesiaAt least 162 people were killed on the island of Java on Monday afternoon, local officials said.

About 700 people have been injured, National Disaster Mitigation Agency chief Suhariyanto said.

“Many people were injured as they were hit by the collapsed buildings,” he added.

The death toll reached 162 on Monday night, local media reported, citing West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil.

More than 5,300 people have been displaced, the Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency said. Report. It said at least 25 people were still trapped under the collapsed buildings.

The US Geological Survey A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck West Java at 1:21 p.m. local time (1:21 a.m. ET). It was centered 47 miles southeast of the Indonesian capital Jakarta at a depth of 6.2 miles in the Cianjur area.

At least 25 aftershocks were reported by the country’s Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysical Agency.

Victims of an earthquake in Indonesia receive treatment at a hospital parking lot in Siangjur, West Java, Monday.Tagore word / AP

“Residents are trapped in isolated places … so we are assuming that the injury and death toll will increase over time,” Kamil told reporters.

The Indonesian Disaster Mitigation Agency said more than 2,200 houses were damaged in the Cianjur area, including a boarding school, a hospital and several government buildings. Hundreds of houses in nearby areas were also damaged and several landslides were reported around the quake.

The disaster agency earlier said that information on the disaster and damage was still being collected. Report. Initial photos from the area show injured residents being rushed to hospitals and receiving medical treatment in parking lots.

The earthquake was strongly felt in the Jakarta area. Skyscrapers in the capital shook and some were evacuated.

Southeast Asian country of more than 270 million”Ring of Fire,” a string of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin, and earthquakes, tsunamis, and frequent shocks. Volcanic eruptions.

In February, A 6.2 magnitude earthquake At least 25 people were killed and more than 460 injured in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, A 6.2 magnitude earthquake More than 100 people were killed and 6,500 injured in West Sulawesi province.

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Associated Press Contributed.

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