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Indonesia: Earthquake kills seven in Java, over 300 buildings damaged, no tsunami threat


Malang : At least seven persons were killed and 12 others were injured in a major earthquake that hit the main island of Java, Indonesia. Also, more than 300 buildings were damaged in Java and tremors were felt in the tourist center Bali. The officials gave this information to Shaniwar. However, no tsunami warning was issued.

The US Geological Survey said that the intensity of the earthquake that struck at 2 pm local time was measured at 6.0. Its center was located at a depth of 82 km, 45 km south of the town of Sumberpukang in the Malang district of East Java Province.

Rahmat Triono, head of Indonesia’s Earthquake and Tsunami Center, said in a statement that the epicenter was located within the ocean, but its tremor did not have the ability to generate a tsunami. He nonetheless urged people to stay away from mud or rock slopes where there is a risk of landslides.

This was the second fatal disaster to come to Indonesia this week as at least 174 people died and thousands of houses were damaged due to the heavy rains on Sunday. There are 48 still missing.

A spokesperson of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, Radia Jati, said that a motorcycle-borne woman died and her husband was seriously injured in a rock fall in East Java’s Lumajang district on Saturday. He said that dozens of houses were damaged in the district and rescuers pulled out two bodies from the rubble in Kali Uling village. The killing of two people was confirmed in an area on the border of Lumajang and Malang districts. At the same time, a person was found dead in debris in Malang.

Television news showed people fleeing in panic from malls and buildings in several cities of East Java Province. Indonesia’s search and rescue agency released videos and photographs of some of the houses and buildings damaged, including the damaged roof of a hospital in the neighboring town of Blytar, Malang. Authorities are collecting complete information about the casualties and damage from the affected areas.

Indonesia is often affected by earthquake tremors, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. Last January, at least 105 people were killed and around 6,500 others were injured in a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Mamuzu and Majini districts in West Sulawesi province. At the same time, more than 92,000 people were displaced due to this.

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