An earthquake that had 25 aftershocks in two hours hard hit the most populous province in Indonesia and left at least 56 dead and 700 wounded. He occurred in West Java where 50 million people live.
The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.6 and, as confirmed by the government spokesman for Cianjur, the West Java town where the epicenter of the earthquake occurred, four people died at the Cimacan hospital and 51 at the Sayang hospital in that town.
In statements to the local media, Cianjur’s administrative chief, Herman Suherman, reported that the tremors have left around 700 injured. “Victims continue to arrive from many areas. Around 700 people were injured,” Suherman told Kompas TV.
Due to the disasters caused by the earthquake, several accesses to the city are closed and some power distribution stations were affected, which caused power outages in several locations.
After the initial quake, the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) recorded 25 aftershocks in just two hours.
In some images that were shared by different media and through social networks, many injured people and destroyed buildings can be seen.
as reported at least 343 houses were affected and an Islamic boarding school, while the Cianjur hospital sustained moderate damage. Significant damage was also reported to at least four government buildings, three schools, a church, and several local businesses.
Indonesia lies over an area called Pacific Ring of Fire where there is a great seismic and volcanic activity and in which about 7,000 earthquakes are recorded, most of them moderate.
In December 2004, that country experienced one of the greatest tragedies in Sumatrawith a tsunami that caused more than 226,000 deaths and inundated a large number of coastal communities, across most of South and Southeast Asia, including parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.
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