7.0 Earthquake Rips Indonesia - Updates

By: associated press
By: associated press

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - A powerful earthquake in Indonesia has killed at least 7 people and injured dozens of others.
National Disaster Management Agency Satrio Nurhadiwibowo spokesman says those killed were in two towns in West Java province.
Officials and local media report damage in several towns and cities near the epicenter and dozens of people are being treated in
hospitals across the region.
The quake struck at 2:55 p.m. (0755 GMT) off the southern coast of the main island of Java with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0. The U.S. Geological Survey says it had a depth of about 30 miles (50 kilometers).
A tsunami alert was issued but revoked less than an hour later.
The Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysics Agency put the quake's strength at 7.3.

AKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - The death toll is rising after a
powerful underwater earthquake off Indonesia's main island of Java
today.
Disaster officials says at least 15 people have been killed.
The quake struck in the midafternoon off the southern coast of Java with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0. The U.S. Geological
Survey says it had a depth of around 30 miles.
Disaster officials says some of the victims were killed in a
rock slide near the coast, while the others died when houses or
buildings collapsed. Scores of injured people are being treated in
hospitals across the region.
The shaking was felt over roughly half of Java, where most of the country's population lives. Panicked office workers in the
capital, Jakarta, more than 100 miles away ran into the streets
after feeling the tremor.
Authorities issued a tsunami alert but revoked it less than an hour later.
The Indonesian archipelago straddles continental plates along what is known as the Pacific Ring of Fire and is prone to seismic
activity.


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