According to US Geological Survey data, the 5.6 magnitude quake impacted Cianjur town in West Java at a shallow depth of 10km (6 miles). Hundreds of people were brought to hospitals, with many being treated on the street. Rescuers worked into the night to try to save others who were suspected to be trapped beneath collapsed structures.
The quake’s epicenter is highly populated and prone to landslides, with many poorly constructed dwellings reduced to rubble. The precise number of that slain thus far is unknown. According to Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the official death toll is 103, with another figure of 162 given by regional governor Ridwan Kamil remaining unsubstantiated.
According to the BNPB, 390 individuals were injured and 7,000 people sought refuge in various sites throughout the area. Mr. Kamil stated that the accident had displaced 13,000 people and that many more were “stranded in isolated places.” He stated that officials expected the number of injured and killed to climb over time.
According to Herman Suherman, the majority of casualties were bone fractures caused by persons becoming trapped by rubble in houses. The ambulances continue to arrive from the villages, he was reported as saying earlier in the day by the AFP news agency. Many families remain in settlements that have not been evacuated.
Many of the injured were treated outside in a hospital parking lot. This happened after the hospital lost power for several hours following the quake, according to West Java’s governor. Mr. Kamil tweeted on Monday night that it could take up to three days to fully restore electricity to the area. He went on to say that mobile phone reception was still weak, causing “a lot of problems” for officials.
The tremor was also felt approximately 100 kilometers distant in Jakarta, where residents were evacuated from high-rise buildings. During the tremor, which began at 13:21 Western Indonesian time (WIT) on Monday, office workers raced out of buildings in the civic and business districts, according to the agency. I was working when the floor under me began to shake and could obviously feel the tremor. I did nothing to grasp what it was, but it got stronger and lasted longer, lawyer Mayadita Waluyo told AFP.
According to Ahmad Ridwan, an office worker, “we are used to this [quakes] in Jakarta, but people were so frightened just now, so we also panicked.” Quakes are widespread in Indonesia, which is located in the Pacific’s “ring of fire” zone of tectonic activity. The country has a history of severe Quakes and tsunamis. Over 2,000 people were killed in a Sulawesi quake in 2018.
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