Indonesia’s main island Java was rocked Monday by an earthquake that killed at least 46 people and damaged dozens of buildings.
According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude 5.6 quake was centered in the Cianjur region of West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers, or 6.2 miles.
The head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, Suharyanto, said at least 46 people were killed and 700 others injured in the quake. The agency said an Islamic boarding school, hospital and other public facilities were among the dozens of buildings damaged.
People in the Jakarta metropolitan area said the quake was felt strong in their area, which has many tall buildings. Some people in the area had to be evacuated.
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The country is often affected by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific basin.
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A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in February killed at least 25 people and injured more than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed more than 100 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.
And a powerful earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean killed nearly 230,000 people in a dozen countries in 2004. Most of these people were in Indonesia.
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Still, it’s rare for people in Jakarta to feel an earthquake.
Associated Press contributed to this report.