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Quake hits Indonesia's Java, at least two deaths confirmed

16 December, 2017, 15:53 | Author: John Swanson
  • A man cleans up the wreckage of a house damaged by an earthquake in Sumelap Village Tasikmalaya City West Java Indonesia Dec 16 2017. Antara

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.

An natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.5 struck the island of Java in Indonesia, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, with authorities reporting at least two deaths and damage to buildings. But no big waves were reported and a tsunami warning was lifted two hours later.

A powerful magnitude 6.5 quake struck the island of Java in Indonesia just before midnight on Friday, with authorities reporting two deaths and damage to scores of buildings.

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The densely populated island of Java is home to more than half of Indonesia's 250 million people - and photographs posted on Twitter show people scouring through collapsed buildings.

"We now rely on five buoys owned by foreign countries - India's buoy in the northern part of Aceh, Thailand's on the Andaman Sea, Australia's two buoys in the southern part of Indonesia, and one in the northern part of Papua owned by the United States", Sutopo said.

Jakarta resident Web Warouw was on the 18th floor of a building in the capital when the quake struck.

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"Suddenly, we felt dizzy... We then realised it was a quake and immediately ran downstairs", the 50-year-old told AFP.

Many people were seen running out of their houses in many areas and roads were clogged with motorbikes, cars and trucks as people fled coastal areas in fear of a tsunami.

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.

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