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Strong earthquake strikes Indonesia; 3 dead

Post by Harry on Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:19 pm

Strong earthquake strikes Indonesia; 3 dead

By Kathy Quiano and Joe Sterling, CNN

Updated 0914 GMT (1714 HKT) December 16, 2017
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Source: CNN

Strong earthquake strikes Indonesia 01:25

(CNN)Three people were killed and seven others injured when a strong earthquake hit Indonesia late Friday, authorities said.
The 6.5-magnitude quake was centered in Cipatujah, in the western part of Java, the US Geological Survey said, at a depth of 91.9 kilometers (about 57 miles).
Residents felt the quake about 190 miles away (305 kilometers) in the capital of Jakarta, where people briefly evacuated to the ground floor of their high-rises.



Residents gather outside their apartment blocks in Jakarta after the earthquake.
Tremors were also felt in the cities of Bandung, more than 63.5 miles away (102.1 kilometers) and Yogyakarta, more than 211 miles away (339.9 kilometers), authorities said.
A tsunami alert was issued after the quake, which Indonesian authorities recorded at 11:47 p.m. as 6.9 magnitude, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's National Disaster Management and Mitigation Agency
The two victims were buried in rubble, one in Ciamis, in West Java, and the other in Pekalongan, in Central Java, emergency officials said.
A few hundred homes and buildings were destroyed or damaged, the officials said. Several hospitals were damaged. Seventy patients from Banyumas Hospital were moved to tents and another temporary shelter.


Patients are evacuated outside a hospital in Banyumas overnight after an earthquake.
Fears of a tsunami prompted people to evacuate their homes for higher ground, but there were no reports of tsunamis occurring along the southern coasts of western, central and eastern Java and the city of Yogyakarta.
The alert was lifted at 2:30 a.m., the spokesman said.
Most residents returned to their homes on Saturday and they were advised to seek temporary shelter if their dwellings aren't safe. Several aftershocks continue to be felt in the areas hit by the quake, emergency officials said.
An earthquake on December 7, 2016, struck Indonesia's Aceh province in Sumatra and killed at least 100 people.
CNN's Jennifer Hauser and Alla Eshchenko contributed to this report

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