Strong earthquake shakes buildings in Jakarta, injuring 2
JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) — A strong earthquake struck Indonesia’s most-populated island on early Monday evening, injuring two people and damaging nearly two dozen buildings, officials said. The tremors were widely felt in the capital Jakarta, where earthquakes are not as common.
The 6.1-magnitude earthquake at 6.18 p.m. local time (1118 GMT) was centered about 121 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of Sukabumi, a city in West Java. It struck about 24 kilometers (14.9 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to Indonesia’s seismological agency (BMKG).
The earthquake, felt as far away as the capital Jakarta, was widely felt throughout West Java. “The quake was felt strongly by the citizens and residents rushed out of their homes,” a spokesperson for Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said. “Until now there have been no reports of damage or casualties. People have returned to normal activities.”
But the Jakarta Globe reported that two boys suffered minor injuries and at least 23 houses were damaged. “Based on the report I received, the quake affected two houses at Nangela village. One of the houses collapsed and another was heavily damaged,” a BNPB official in Sukabumi district told the newspaper.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS), which put the magnitude of the quake at 5.9 on the regional moment magnitude scale, estimated that some 57.8 million people in the region may have felt weak to light shaking. There was no threat of a tsunami as earthquakes below magnitude 7 do usually not generate tsunamis.
Indonesia is on the so-called ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’, an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent and large earthquakes. On December 26, 2004, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded struck off the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. The 9.1-magnitude earthquake unleashed a deadly tsunami, striking scores of countries in the region, killing at least 227,898 people.
Most recently, on April 11, five people were killed and several others were injured when two massive earthquakes struck off the west coast of northern Sumatra. The earthquakes, with magnitudes 8.6 and 8.2, prompted a local tsunami warning, causing scores of people to flee to higher ground. Small tsunami waves were observed, but no major damage was reported.