A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Java, killing at least 7 people in the second disaster this week.
A strong earthquake killed at least 7 people and damaged buildings on Indonesia’s main Java island and rocked Bali tourist hotspot without tsunami warning.
The US Geological Survey said the 6.0 Richter quake struck Saturday off the island’s southern coast at 2pm local time (07:00 GMT).
It is centered 45km (28 miles) south of the town of Sumberpucung in Malang County, East Java Province, at a depth of 82km (51 miles).
“Our latest data shows 7 people died, 2 were seriously injured and 10 others were slightly injured,” said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Raditya Jati.
Rahmat Triyono, head of the Indonesian earthquake and tsunami center, said in a statement that the earthquake was not likely to cause a tsunami.
Still, he urged people to stay away from rock or soil slopes that are in danger of landslides.
Jati said falling rocks killed a woman riding a motorbike and severely injured her husband in the Lumajang district of East Java.
He said dozens of homes were damaged across the district, and rescuers had recovered two bodies from the rubble of collapsed houses in the district’s Kali Uling village.
Two people were also confirmed dead in the vicinity of the two districts Lumajang and Malang, while one was found dead under the rubble in Malang.
“I just finished praying and was changing my clothes when the earthquake suddenly happened,” Malang resident Ida Magfiroh told AFP news agency.
“It’s quite strong and has been going for a long time. Everything is swaying… My heart is racing. “
Television reports showed people fleeing malls and buildings in several cities in East Java province.
The Indonesian search and rescue agency has released videos and photos of damaged houses and structures, including ceilings at a hospital in Blitar, a neighboring city of Malang.
Authorities are still collecting information on the full scale of casualties and damage in the affected areas.
This is the second deadly disaster to hit Indonesia this week. On Sunday, a downpour was triggered by Tropical storm Seroja killing at least 165 people and damaged thousands of homes.
Some were buried in mudslides or frozen lava from a volcanic eruption in November, while others were swept away by flash floods.
‘Ring of Fire’
Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 270 million people, is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because it lies on the “Ring of Volcano”, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific basin. .
In January, one 6.2 magnitude earthquake At least 105 people were killed and nearly 6,500 injured, while more than 92,000 people were displaced, after hitting Mamuju and Majene districts in West Sulawesi province.
In 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on the island of Sulawesi left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.
On December 26, 2004, a devastating 9.1 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Sumatra and causing a tsunami killing 220,000 people in the region, including about 170,000 in Indonesia.
This is one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.