Earthquake in Indonesia today: a strong earthquake shakes the Indonesian capital; no tsunami warning

A powerful earthquake shook parts of Indonesia’s main island, Java, on Friday, causing buildings in the capital to sway, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties. Officials said there was no danger of a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey said the 6.6 magnitude quake was located in the Indian Ocean about 88 kilometers (54 miles) southwest of Labuan, a coastal town in Banten province. It was centered at a depth of 37 kilometers (23 miles), he said.

The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said there was no danger of a tsunami.

Earthquakes occur frequently in the sprawling archipelago, but are rarely felt in the capital, Jakarta. Residents of skyscrapers in the city of 10 million felt seconds of swaying. Even two-storey houses shook heavily in the satellite town of Tangerang.

‘The shaking was horrible…everything in my room was swaying,’ said Laila Anjasari, a Jakarta resident who lives on the 19th floor of an apartment building, ‘We ran up and down the stairs in a panic.’

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on major geological fault lines known as the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.

In January last year, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at least 105 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.

In 2004, an extremely powerful earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in the Indonesian province of Aceh.


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