A 6.6-magnitude earthquake that occurred yesterday (14th) off the coast of Banton, the southernmost tip of Java Island, Indonesia, injured two people and damaged more than 900 buildings, including houses and schools.
As the Jakarta metropolitan area shook violently, many citizens ran out of the building, but fortunately there were no fatalities. 861 houses, 25 schools, 14 public health centers, 4 mosques and 4 government offices were damaged.
Of these, about 170 houses were severely damaged.
Damage to some buildings has also been identified in Bogor and Sukabumi, West Java.
“We are still counting the damage, but so far there have been no fatalities,” said an official.
Citizens who had been evacuated due to the earthquake had almost returned home by this morning.
Earlier, the U.S. Geological Survey said that a magnitude 6.6 earthquake occurred 88.6 kilometers southwest of Labuan in Banton Province, Java, around 4 p.m. local time yesterday, the United States Geological Survey said.
Then, around 4:50 PM, an aftershock of magnitude 5.4 occurred, followed by aftershocks of magnitude 4.7 and 4.8.
A tsunami warning was not issued immediately after the earthquake, but a strong vibration was felt all the way to downtown Jakarta, so vehicles and motorcycles on the road stopped operating and waited for the shaking to stop.
Earlier, on the evening of August 2, 2019, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred at a similar point off the coast of Banton Province and shook downtown Jakarta, killing 4 people and damaging 200 buildings.
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