6.6 magnitude earthquake on Richter scale hits Indonesian island of Java

An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale hit the island of Java in Indonesia on Friday, the US Geological Survey said.

The epicenter was located southwest of the island, at a depth of 37 kilometers. No tsunami warning has been issued and there are no reports of damage or casualties so far.

According to AFP, the earthquake was felt in the capital Jakarta. Some city residents were evacuated from the buildings.

Nur Latifa, a 25-year-old resident, described how people fled their homes when the quake was felt in the southern city of Kalibata: “I was working from home and I noticed my laptop was moving.. . then the door started to shake and the hanging objects started to make noise,” he told AFP.

“I went to get my roommate who was in the bathroom and we fled the apartment. People from outside were running towards the emergency stairs,” he added.

Indonesia experiences frequent earthquakes due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates collide.

*Updated at 10:10 am

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