Indonesia earthquake kills at least 56, 'mostly children'
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An earthquake killed at least 56 people and injured several hundred on Monday, November 21, in Indonesia. “According to the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), it occurred at 1:21 p.m. local time [7 h 21, heure française], indicates the Jakarta Globe. It was measured at 5.6 on the Richter scale and had the city of Cianjur in East Java as its epicenter. The victims would be, according to the title, “for most children”with 40 deaths of minors recorded by the local authorities of Cianjur.

On the spot, “The tremor was so strong that people rushed out of their homes”, explains a resident of the city located a hundred kilometers south of Jakarta. His own bakery “found herself flattened”in his own words quoted by the Indonesian newspaper. In total, more than 1,770 houses were damaged and around 3,900 people had to leave their homes in Cianjur, according to information given by the Indonesian authorities to the news agency. Reuters.

“Devastating effects”

“Social media has been flooded with photos and videos of the aftermath of the earthquake showing crumbling buildings”take it back Jakarta Globewhich recalls that Indonesia is located in an area prone to tremors, nicknamed “Pacific Ring of Fire”.

On the chain Kompass TV, the governor of West Java province, Ridwan Kamila, warned of the risk of possible aftershocks. He also warned that the number of victims announced by the authorities was provisional.

The earthquake, considered relatively “superficial”, notably caused the collapse of several roofs, trapping several dozen people under the rubble and cutting off electricity to part of the region. “According to a member of the BMKG, it was the depth of the earthquake rather than its magnitude which produced devastating effects”, specify the Jakarta Globe. In effect, “shallow earthquakes that occur in the upper part of the earth’s crust produce more intense shaking and generally cause much more damage than earthquakes at depth”.

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