A significant rise in the toll of Indonesia’s earthquake victims
Today, Monday, various media reported that the death toll from the Indonesia earthquake has risen to 44, and at least 300 others have been injured.
The earthquake hit Indonesia’s main island of Java on Monday, damaging dozens of buildings and driving residents into the streets of the capital for safety.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the 5.6-magnitude earthquake was centred in the Cyangor area of West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
Suharianto, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said the earthquake had damaged dozens of buildings, including an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public installations.
Information on the magnitude of losses and damage was still being collected, he added in a statement.
The earthquake was felt strongly in the Greater Jakarta region. High-rise towers in the capital have tilted and some have been evacuated.
Earthquakes occur frequently throughout the sprawling archipelago, but it is uncommon for us to feel them in Jakarta.
The country of more than 270 million people is often hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tides due to its location on the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Ocean.
In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake on the Richter scale killed at least 25 people and injured more than 460 in western Sumatra province.
In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed more than 100 people and injured nearly 6,500 in western Sulawesi province.
A powerful earthquake in the Indian Ocean and tsunami in 2004 killed nearly 230 thousand people in more than 10 countries, mostly in Indonesia.