Published: Sat, December 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

5-Magnitude Quake Strikes in Indonesia: USGS

5-Magnitude Quake Strikes in Indonesia: USGS

A magnitude-6.5 quake has struck off the coast of Java in Indonesia, the United States Geological Survey says, with authorities reporting at least one death and damage to buildings.

An natural disaster measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale shook Indonesia's West Java province on Friday night, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency said.

The quake struck at 11.47pm and was felt across the island, including about 200 kilometres away in the capital Jakarta, where officer towers and apartment buildings swayed.

The 6.9 magnitude quake that rattled the southern part of Java on Friday night has left at least two people dead, seven injured and dozens of houses and public facilities damaged, the nation's disaster mitigation agency says.

Nugroho said strong tremors were felt for about 20 seconds in the capital of Jakarta and in cities and villages.

The spokesman said a hospital was damaged in Banyumas, spurring the evacuation of more than 50 patients.

Injuries or deaths were not immediately reported.

UTIER union president Angel Figueroa said one of the biggest problems is that workers with Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority still don't have the equipment or material to meet the governor's goal. People rushed out of their homes in fear as buildings trembled.

An natural disaster on December 7, 2016, struck Indonesia's Aceh province in Sumatra and killed at least 100 people.

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