At least 162 dead in Java earthquake

At least 162 dead in Java earthquake

an earthquake of Strength 5.6 shook the province this Monday Java Occidental (Indonesia), which is the most populous in the country with almost 50 million inhabitants. According to official information, the natural phenomenon has disappeared at least 162 dead j hundreds injuredin addition to important Damage to housing and infrastructure.

As detailed by the Governor of West Java, Ridwan Kamil, Most of the deceased are minors. Likewise, it has estimated the injured at 326 and more than 13,700 displaced people, which were distributed to up to 14 evacuation locations. According to Kamil, the quake happened at a time of day when schools were open, which is the main reason most of those who died are minors. “Tonight we will be precise on the percentage, but all reports on the ground say that the majority are children,” he said.

The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) has eliminated the possibility of a tsunami. After the first earthquake there was 25 aftershocks in just two hours.

The United States Geological Survey, which is responsible for recording seismic activity around the world, cataloged the earthquake at 1:21 p.m. local time and located the hypocenter at 10 kilometers deep and the epicenter too 16.7 kilometers away the city of cianjurwith a population of about 170,000 people.

Roads closed and infrastructure damaged

Cianjur chief executive Herman Suherman has indicated that the tremors have disappeared around 700 injured, according to statements to local media. “Victims continue to arrive from many areas. Around 700 people were injured,” Suherman told Kompas TV.

Suherman added that due to the damage caused by the earthquake Many roads and highways in the region are closed and some power distribution stations were affected, leading to power outages in various places.

The earthquake also caused damage different houses and infrastructure around ciajurlocated about 75 kilometers from she foughtwhere the residents felt it too Trembleaccording to the accounts of users in the networks.

The effects of the quake severely damaged at least 343 homes, while Cianjur hospital suffered moderate damage. Devastation was also reported in at least four government buildings, three schools, a church and several local businesses, according to the latest official tally.

The Pacific Ring of Fire

Indonesia with around 275 million inhabitants lies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of ​​magnificence seismic and volcanic activity around 7,000 earthquakes are recorded each year, most of them moderately severe.

In 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake triggered a tsunami that hit 14 countries and killed 226,000 people, more than half of them in Indonesia.

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