3 dead immediately after 6.5-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia&#039s Java island

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JAKARTA: At least three people have been killed adhering to a powerful 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia’s most important island of Java, an formal explained Saturday (Dec 16).

The quake struck at a depth of 91km just outside the coastal city of Cipatujah on Java island late Friday, the US Geological Survey explained.

(Map: USGS)

The tremor was felt throughout the island including in the funds Jakarta, some 300 kilometres (one hundred ninety miles) from the epicentre.

A 62-calendar year-outdated person in Ciamis and an 80-calendar year-outdated woman in Pekalongan city were killed when the properties they were in collapsed, national catastrophe mitigation company spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho explained, although a 34-calendar year-outdated woman from the city of Yogyakarta died when she fell although operating out of her dwelling.

“Various hospitals in various parts have also been weakened and individuals experienced to be evacuated,” Nugroho explained.

A hospital in Banyumas experienced weakened ceilings, cracked walls and leaks to oxygen pipelines, forcing about 70 individuals to be moved to short-term shelters.

The Banyumas Healthcare facility in Central Java was weakened in the quake. (Photograph: Twitter/@Sutopo_BNPB)

At least a hundred homes were weakened throughout West Java and Central Java provinces, the national catastrophe mitigation company explained.

The company was continue to assessing the influence of the catastrophe and urged folks to be careful and remain warn.

Jakarta resident Website Warouw, 50, was on the 18th ground of a creating in the funds when the quake struck just in advance of midnight regional time (1700 GMT).

“All of a sudden, we felt dizzy… We then realised it was a quake and straight away ran downstairs,” Warouw instructed AFP.

Indonesia experiences repeated seismic and volcanic activity thanks to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

Some 170,000 lives were lost when a 9.one-magnitude quake and tsunami struck Aceh in December 2004, which also hit coastal parts as considerably absent as Somalia.

An earthquake struck the country’s western Aceh province once more in December 2016, killing a lot more than 100 folks, injuring several a lot more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

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