Earthquake jolts Indonesia's Java Island, panic among people, no major damage

Earthquake jolts Indonesia's Java Island, panic among people, no major damage

A strong earthquake shook parts of Indonesia's main island of Java on Saturday, triggering panic and sending people running out of their homes into the streets. However, minor damage has been caused by the earthquake. Hundreds of people died in a powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia two weeks ago. The 'US Geological Survey said that the magnitude of the earthquake was 5.7. The earthquake was centered about 18 km southeast of Banjar between West Java and Central Java provinces at a depth of 112 km.

One person was injured and at least four houses and a school were damaged in Selawi village in West Java's Garut district, Suharyanto, head of the National Disaster Management Agency, said. He said the authorities were gathering more details about the damage. Garut district chief Rudi Gunawan said people were in extreme panic due to the earthquake amid the rains. He also said that the administration has instructed hospitals, health centers, and ambulances to be ready. At least 331 people were killed and nearly 600 were injured when a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck West Java, Indonesia, on November 21.

It was the worst earthquake to hit Indonesia since the 2018 earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, which killed about 4,340 people. Earlier, Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency, said there was no tsunami threat, but warned of possible aftershocks.

Tall buildings in the capital Jakarta shook for more than 10 seconds. People ran towards the streets in panic. The tremor was also felt in the cities of Kulon Prague, Bantul, Kebumen, and Cilacap in Central Java. The population of Indonesia is more than 270 million. Being located on the "Ring of Fire" in the Pacific Basin, the country is frequently affected by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis.