At least 56 people die in an earthquake in Indonesia’s most populous province

At least 56 people die in an earthquake in Indonesia’s most populous province

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake that shook West Java province, Indonesia’s most populous province with nearly 50 million people, on Monday killed at least 56 people and injured hundreds.

According to the director of the civil protection agency, there are around 700 injured at the Cianjur regional hospital, many of them “were injured by collapsing buildings”.

Due to the devastation caused by the earthquake, many roads and highways in the area are closed and some power distribution stations were damaged, causing power outages in several cities.

In videos released by local authorities, it is possible to see dozens of people, some unconscious, being given medical attention and being taken by ambulance to health centers in the area.

After the first earthquake, the Federal Office for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) registered 25 aftershocks in just two hours. The effects of the earthquake severely damaged at least 343 homes and an Islamic boarding school, while Cianjur Hospital suffered moderate damage.

Significant damage was also recorded in at least four government buildings, three schools, a church and several local businesses, according to the latest official balance sheet.

Likewise, the images show several damaged properties and facilities, while some homes were completely destroyed by the quake, which was felt in the capital Jakarta, some 75 kilometers from the epicenter.

Indonesia lies on what is known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of ​​great seismic and volcanic activity that records around 7,000 earthquakes each year, most of them moderately severe.

One of the country’s deadliest disasters occurred in 2004, when a powerful earthquake off the north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that killed more than 226,000 in a dozen countries bordering the Indian Ocean.

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