Indonesian earthquake kills 7 people on Java, no risk of Bali tsunami



Malang, Indonesia — The strong earthquake killed at least 7 people, injured 12 people, damaged more than 300 buildings on the main island of Indonesia, Java, and shook Bali’s attractions, officials said Saturday. No tsunami warning has been issued.

According to the United States Geological Survey, a magnitude 6.0 quake occurred on the south coast of the island at 2:00 pm local time (0700 GMT). It was located in the center of the town of Sambapkun in the Malang district of East Java, 45 kilometers (28 miles) south, and 82 kilometers (51 miles) deep.

In a statement, Ramat Triyono, head of the Indonesian Earthquake and Tsunami Center, said seafloor tremors could not cause a tsunami. Still, he urged people to stay away from potentially landslide soil and rocky slopes.

This is the second hit Indonesia this week after a heavy rain on Sunday caused by a tropical cyclone, killing at least 174 people, leaving 48 missing and damaging thousands of homes. It was a fatal disaster. Some victims were buried in landslides and solidified lava during the November volcanic eruption, while others were washed away by flash floods.

A spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency, Raditia Jati, said the earthquake on Saturday killed a woman on a motorcycle after a rock fell and seriously injured her husband in the Lumajang district of East Java.

He said dozens of homes were damaged throughout the district and rescuers recovered two from under the rubble of the village of Kaliulin. Two people were also confirmed killed in the areas adjacent to the Lumajan and Malang districts, and one was found dead under rubble in Malang.

According to television reports, some people are panicking from shopping malls and buildings in some cities in East Java.

The Indonesian search and rescue agency has released videos and photos of damaged houses and buildings, such as the ceiling of a hospital in the city of Blitar, which is adjacent to Malang. Authorities were still collecting full information on casualties and damage in the affected areas.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because it is located in the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. ..

In January, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the Mamuju and Majene districts of West Sulawesi, killing at least 105 people, injuring nearly 6,500 and evacuating more than 92,000.

Agus Basukki

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