3 minute readNovember 21, 20226:09 AM PSTLast Updated 21 min ago
Indonesia quake kills scores, reduces homes to rubble, injuring hundreds
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Offices evacuated as earthquake hits Indonesia
CIANJUR, Indonesia, Nov 21 (Reuters) – A 5.6-magnitude earthquake killed more than 60 people and injured hundreds in Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday, with rescuers trying to reach survivors trapped under the rubble amid a series of aftershocks.
The epicentre was near the town of Cianjur in West Java, about 75 km (45 miles) southeast of the capital, Jakarta, where some buildings shook and some offices were evacuated.
Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said 62 people had been killed. At least 25 people were trapped under collapsed buildings, it said.
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BNPB spokesperson Abdul Muhari said the search would continue through the night.
“So many buildings crumbled and shattered,” West Java governor Ridwan Kamil told reporters.
“There are residents trapped in isolated places … so we are under the assumption that the number of injured and deaths will rise with time.”
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Indonesia straddles the so-called “Pacific Ri