A strong earthquake killed dozens in Indonesia


At least 56 people have died on Monday in Indonesia and more than 700 were injured after 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit the Cianjur region in West Java at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). Both numbers are feared to increase because many residents are trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. Most injuries were bone fractures. Four schools and 52 houses collapsed. A mosque and a hospital were also damaged. Hundreds of buildings were damaged.Videos on social media showed some buildings reduced almost entirely to rubble and debris strewn on streets. The tremor could also be felt in the capital Jakarta about 100km away. No risk of a tsunami was signaled. Several landslides were reported around Cianjur.


Emergency workers were treating the injured on stretchers outside main hospitals, on terraces and in parking lots. The town’s Sayang hospital had no power after the quake, leaving doctors unable to operate on victims.The area where the quake struck is densely populated. Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency recorded at least 25 aftershocks.The country is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the “Ring of Fire.” A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in February killed at least 25 people and injured more than 460 in West Sumatra province.

UPDATE: After several hours death toll reached 162. The last number after one day was 268.