At least 1 dead as 6.5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia

Cheryl Sanders
December 16, 2017

A strong 6.5-magnitude natural disaster rocked Indonesia's main island of Java, leaving at least one person dead and rattling nerves in the capital Jakarta.

The quake struck at 11:47 p.m. and triggered a tsunami warning for parts of Java's coastline that was lifted about two hours later.

An quake recorded at 7.3 magnitude on the Richter scale shook Tasikmalaya, West Java late Friday evening, killing at least one person, local media reported.

JAKARTA, Indonesia A strong natural disaster shook the Indonesian capital today and other cities on the country's most populous island of Java, killing at least 1 person amid reports of more deaths and collapsed houses.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a magnitude of 6.5 and was about 91 kilometers deep.

Tremors were felt in central and west Java and caused minor damage to some buildings but no casualties.

People living in some flats in Jakarta ran into panic or were asked to evacuate when the quake also shook the capital.

Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island, is home to more than half of its 250 million people.

In a statement, the Indonesian meteorological agency called on local authorities along the southern coast of Java to "stay alert" and "urge people to immediately evacuate".

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.

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