Dozens dead after earthquake shakes Indonesia’s main island of Java

Indonesia’s main island of Java was struck by an earthquake on Monday, killing at least 46 people and damaging dozens of buildings.

According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck the Cianjur region of West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers or 6.2 miles.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency chief Suharyanto said the earthquake killed at least 46 people and injured another 700. Among the dozens of damaged buildings are an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public facilities, the agency said.

Workers inspect a store damaged in an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, May 11, 2022.

Workers inspect a store damaged in an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, Monday, May 11, 2022.

People in Greater Jakarta said the earthquake felt strong in their area, which has many high-rise buildings. Some people in the area had to be evacuated.

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People injured in an earthquake are seen at a hospital parking lot in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia on Monday, April 11, 2022.

People injured in an earthquake are seen at a hospital parking lot in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia on Monday, April 11, 2022.

The country is often struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin.

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An earthquake struck Indonesia's main island of Java on Monday, damaging dozens of buildings and sending residents onto the streets of the capital for safety.

An earthquake struck Indonesia’s main island of Java on Monday, damaging dozens of buildings and sending residents onto the streets of the capital for safety.

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in West Sumatra province in February killed at least 25 people and injured more than 460. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake in West Sulawesi province killed more than 100 people and injured nearly 6,500.

And a powerful earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004 killed nearly 230,000 people in a dozen countries. The majority of these people lived in Indonesia.

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Still, it is unusual for the people of Jakarta to feel an earthquake.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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