Indonesia quake strikes off Java island, felt strongly in Jakarta

A person carries a toddler as individuals evacuate an condo constructing following an earthquake in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 14, 2022. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

JAKARTA — A strong 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Java island on Friday, the nation’s meteorology company mentioned, prompting some residents within the capital Jakarta to flee from buildings in panic.

Indonesia’s meteorology company (BMGK) mentioned the earthquake hit 52 km (32 miles) off Banten province at a depth of 10 km, however didn’t have the potential to trigger a tsunami.

In Jakarta, the tremors had been felt strongly.

“I used to be very scared, immediately there was a quake and it was so sturdy,” mentioned 38-year-old Jakarta resident and nanny, Ani.

“After I felt it I immediately grabbed my employer’s child and ran downstairs.”

The quake was additionally felt within the province of West Java and in Lampung, on Sumatra island.

A spokesperson for Indonesia’s catastrophe mitigation company didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark when requested whether or not any injury had benn reported.

Indonesia straddles the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fireplace,” a extremely seismically energetic zone, the place completely different plates on the earth’s crust meet and create a lot of earthquakes and volcanoes.

Final month, a 7.4-magnitude earthquake struck japanese Indonesia, triggering a tsunami warning and likewise sending residents fleeing from their houses however inflicting solely minor injury.

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