5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Indonesia At Least 44 Dead, 300 Injured2 min read
According to the most recent statistics, an #earthquake that shook #Indonesia’s largest island of Java on Monday left at least 44 people dead and more than #300 injured.The #epicentre was on land in Cianjur, West Java, at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), and a tsunami was not expected.
“There have been dozens of people killed. Hundreds, even maybe thousands, of houses are damaged. So far, 44 people have died,” says Adam, spokesman for the local administration in Cianjur town in West Java.
Lawyer Mayadita Waluyo, 22, recalled how terrified employees sprinted for the exits of their building as the earthquake hit. In Jakarta’s core business sector, some employees left their workplaces while others described feeling the buildings tremble and seeing furniture shift, according to witnesses.
“I was working when the floor under me was shaking. I could feel the tremor clearly. I tried to do nothing to process what it was, but it became even stronger and lasted for some time,” she said.
“I feel a bit dizzy now, and my legs are also a bit cramped because I had to walk downstairs from the 14th floor.”
Without giving an exact number, the chief official in the West Java town that was hardest impacted by the earthquake said that many more people in the nearby villages still needed to be evacuated and that the deaths had been tallied in just one hospital.
According to the information I have so far, over 20 people have perished, and at least 300 people are receiving treatment in this hospital alone, according to Herman Suherman, the local administration’s chief in Cianjur Town. He claimed that victims’ relatives had gathered at the Sayang hospital in the town and forewarned that the death toll would climb since there may still be trapped locals in the surrounding villages.
“We are currently handling people who are in an emergency state in this hospital. The ambulances keep on coming from the villages to the hospital,” he said.
“There are many families in villages that have not been evacuated.”
At least 14 people have died in the Cianjur area, according to the nation’s disaster chief Suharyanto, who like many Indonesians, goes by one name. However, he added that more details were still being gathered.
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