5.6-magnitude quake in West Java’s Cianjur shakes Jakarta

Photo: BMKG
Photo: BMKG

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck the province of West Java this afternoon, the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said, killing at least 46 people.

According to BMKG, the earthquake struck at 1:21pm with its epicenter pinpointed to 10 kilometers southwest of Cianjur Regency in West Java. The agency did not issue a tsunami warning.

Cianjur Regent Herman Suherman said in a TV interview just after 4pm that at least 46 people were killed in the regency. Around 700 were injured and in need of medical attention, with the regency now requesting for aid.

Five aftershocks have reportedly followed as of this article’s publication, with early reports of widespread damage to buildings and vehicles.

In Jakarta, located some 100 kilometers northwest of Cianjur, residents took to social media to say they experienced some minor to intense shaking when the quake struck.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest casualty count from the disaster.

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