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Magnitude 6.4 quake hits Indonesia’s West Java

Last month a shallow quake of 5.6 magnitude hit West Java's Cianjur, killing more than 300.

People inspect the ruins of their houses badly damaged in Monday's earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. The earthquake has toppled buildings on Indonesia's densely populated main island, killing a number of people and injuring hundreds. (AP/PTI)

A magnitude 6.4 quake hit Indonesia’s West Java area on Saturday at a depth of 118 km (73 miles), sending people running out of buildings, the country’s geophysics agency BMKG said.

The quake has no tsunami potential, it said. The quake was felt in capital Jakarta, over 280 km (175 miles)from the epicentre.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and authorities said they were making checks, especially in Garut, the town closest to the epicentre.

Some residents of West Java cities said on social media they felt the quake strongly. A Reuters witness in Bandung, the capital of West Java province, said guests of a hotel ran out of the building but had since returned inside.

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Dwikorita Karnawati, head of BMKG, said there were no aftershocks recorded so far, but warned people to be on alert.

“It is best to remain cautious for now,” she told local news channel KompasTV.

Last month a shallow quake of 5.6 magnitude hit West Java’s Cianjur, killing more than 300.

First published on: 03-12-2022 at 15:45 IST
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