Over 268 dead and hundreds injured in Indonesia earthquake


The magnitude 5.6 earthquake was centered in the Cianjur region of West Java, at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey

Over 268 people have died and hundreds of other injured, after an earthquake hit java, Indonesia´s main island on Monday, November 21. According to a report by BBC, the magnitude 5.6 earthquake has damaged several buildings as people are scrambling for safety.

Meanwhile rescue operations are underway to help reach survivors trapped under the rubble. The report states, Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency, had earlier made an announcement stating that only 62 people had died, which was later updated to 162.

The updated death toll on Tuesday, November 22, has been increase to 268, according to official statements.

The head of city administration of Cianjur in West Java has also earlier stated that over 700 people have been injured, but this estimate is expected to be over 1000 now. The report also adds, many school children have also died, the rescuers have stated.

The US Geological Survey said that the epicenter of earthquake was Cianjur is about 75 kilometres south of Jakarta. The depth of the quake is being measured at 10 kilometres. As per the report, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide.

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