At Least 46 Dead in Indonesia Earthquake

Jakarta, An earthquake shook Indonesia’s main island of Java today, killing at least 46 people, damaging dozens of buildings and sending residents into the capital’s streets for safety.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.6 quake was centered in the Cianjur region in West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

“There are 46 dead people at the Cianjur regional hospital and around 700 injured people. Many were hurt because they were hit by collapsed buildings,” Indonesian National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

Several landslides were reported around Cianjur. Dozens of buildings were damaged, including an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public facilities, the agency said.

The quake was felt strongly in the greater Jakarta area. High rises in the capital swayed and some were evacuated.

Source: Oman News Agency