An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 on the Richter scale shook, this Monday, Cianjur, on the island of Java, Indonesia, according to the United States Geological Survey🇧🇷 At least 20 people died and 300 were injured in the aftermath of the earthquake, and there are, according to local authorities, buildings that have collapsed.
“According to the information I have at the moment, almost 20 people have died and at least 300 are being treated. Most of them have broken bones after being trapped in the rubble of buildings,” said Herman Suherman, head of Cianjur municipal administration. to the Metro TV channel.
The province of West Java, with almost 50 million inhabitants, is the most populous in Indonesia.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which tracks seismic activity around the world, recorded the earthquake at 1:21 pm (6:21 am in Lisbon) and located the epicenter 16.7 kilometers from the city of Cianjur, which has a population of around 170,000 people.
In other videos that circulate on the Internet, it is possible to see people on stretchers in a hospital in the region and several others receiving medical attention.
The earthquake also caused damage to several homes and infrastructure around Cianjur, which is about 75 kilometers from Jakarta, where residents also felt the tremors, according to reports from users on the networks.
For its part, the Indonesia Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) estimated the magnitude of the quake at 5.6 and ruled out a “potential ‘tsunami’ danger”.
On Friday, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook the west coast of Indonesia and the epicenter was located near the small island of Enggano.
Indonesia, with about 275 million inhabitants, is located on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity in which about 7,000 earthquakes are recorded each year, most of them moderate.
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