JAKARTA (Indonesia) — A tsunami that struck Indonesia’s main island Java on Monday killed at least 46 people. It also damaged dozens of buildings, and forced residents to flee the capital.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the magnitude 5.6 earthquake was located in West Java’s Cianjur region at a depth 6.2 miles.
“There are approximately 700 people who have been injured and 46 people died at Cianjur Regional Hospital,” Suharyanto said. Suharyanto, chief of National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said that many were injured by falling buildings.
Numerous landslides were reported in and around Cianjur. According to the agency, several buildings were destroyed, including an Islamic Board School and a Hospital.
According to a statement, information was still being collected on the extent of casualties as well as damage.
The earthquake was felt in Jakarta and the surrounding areas. Some were evacuated from high rises in the capital.
“The earthquake felt so strong. Vidi Primadhania (South Jakarta employee) said, “My colleagues and I decided that we would get out of our office at the ninth floor using emergency stairs.”
Although earthquakes are common in the archipelago nation’s sprawling archipelago, they are rare to be felt here.
Because of its position on the “Ring of Fire,” an area of volcanic fault lines and volcanoes in the Pacific Basin, the country of over 270 million people is often struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and tsunamis.
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in West Sumatra province killed at least 25 people and left more than 460 injured. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in West Sulawesi province killed over 100 people and left nearly 6,500 others injured.
In 2004, nearly 230,000 people were killed in an Indian Ocean tsunami and earthquake. Most of these deaths occurred in Indonesia.