A magnitude 5.6 earthquake in Indonesia kills at least 162


The death toll from a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in Indonesia’s West Java region has risen to 162, according to the country’s governor.

About 326 people have also been injured, with varying degrees of severity, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said at a press conference.

The earthquake hit the Cianjur region of West Java on Monday at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake has displaced 13,782 people – all of whom will be accommodated in 14 refugee camps. At least 2,345 homes have been damaged.

Four schools and 52 houses collapsed or were heavily damaged, according to the local office of the Norwegian Coast Guard (BNPB). A mosque and a hospital were also damaged, according to the agency.

Workers inspect a school damaged by the earthquake in Cianjur, West Java.

BNPB said there was no risk of a tsunami, according to Reuters.

Cianjur official Herman Suherman told media that some residents were trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. Metro TV showed what appeared to be hundreds of victims being treated in a hospital parking lot.

Local government officials in Cianjur evacuated an injured colleague after the earthquake.

It says that an Islamic boarding school was also damaged at the same time as communications were disrupted due to a power outage.

Television footage showed residents huddling outside buildings that were almost completely destroyed, Reuters reported.

One, identified only as Muchlis, said he felt “a lot of shaking” and that the walls and ceiling of his office were damaged.

“I was very shocked. I was worried there would be another earthquake,” Muchlis told Metro TV.

The BMKG warns of the risk of landslides, especially if there is heavy rain, but 25 aftershocks were recorded in the two hours after the earthquake.

A Cianjur school building collapsed following the earthquake.

Speaking at an earlier press conference, Governor Kamil said the death toll was likely to rise further.

“There are still many residents trapped at the incident sites, we expect that the number of injured and dead victims will continue to increase with time,” Kamil said earlier Monday.

Rescuers are currently unable to reach some of those trapped, he said, adding that the situation remains chaotic with the possibility of more aftershocks.

The government is now building tents and shelters for the victims while attending to their basic needs, Kamil added.

Indonesia sits on the “Ring of Fire”, a band around the Pacific Ocean that triggers frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. One of the most seismically active regions on Earth, it stretches from Japan and Indonesia on one side of the Pacific Ocean all the way to California and South America on the other.

In 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake off Sumatra island in northern Indonesia triggered a tsunami that swept across 14 countries and killed 226,000 people along the Indian Ocean coastline, more than half of them in Indonesia.

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