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A 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Java Island In Indonesia

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A 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Java Island In Indonesia

(CTN NEWS) – JAKARTA – On Thursday, a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia’s main island of Java, but no damage was immediately reported, less than a month after another quake in the same province killed more than 300.

There were no early indications of damage.

The earthquake struck at 7:50 a.m. local time (00:50 GMT), around 15 kilometres from Cianjur, the epicentre of the deadly earthquake in November, according to the United States Geological Survey.

It was stated that the likelihood of casualties or property damage was low because the earthquake occurred at a depth of 123 kilometres (76 miles).

The closest city to the epicentre, Cianjur or Sukabumi, had little damage immediately recorded, according to local disaster mitigation agency authorities.

However, a local TV reported that Sukabumi’s schools had been momentarily closed.

A representative of a disaster agency in Cianjur, Wawan Setawan, said: “Since the earthquake’s epicentre was in Sukabumi, Cianjur experienced very little shaking. There are no reports of injuries or property damage.”

Imran Wardhani, a representative from Sukabumi, stated, “We have not yet received reports of earthquake damage.”

In Cianjur last month, a shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake triggered landslides, collapsed buildings, killed at least 334 people, injured hundreds, and rendered tens of thousands more homeless.

A 5.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Java Island In Indonesia

Last month, a shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit Cianjur.

This week, Save the Children issued a warning that the unsanitary living circumstances of the evacuees presented a “ticking time bomb” of disease and infection.

There have been thousands of reports of respiratory illnesses and hundreds of reports of diarrhoea.

Joko Widodo, the president of Indonesia, will be in the region on Thursday to deliver relief to the locals who are in need.

Since a 2018 earthquake and the ensuing tsunami killed more than 4,000 people on the island of Sulawesi, the earthquake that struck Cinajur on November 21 was the deadliest to ever occur in the nation of islands.

Indonesia‘s location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” where tectonic plates meet, causes regular seismic and volcanic activity.

The country’s Mount Semeru, which is located on Java’s largest island, erupted in a volcanic eruption on December 4 just days prior to the earthquake.

Authorities raised the alert level to the highest level when the volcano erupted, sending rivers of lava down its flank and scorching ash clouds a mile into the sky.

Around 800 kilometres (500 miles) southeast of the nation’s capital, Jakarta, the highest peak on Indonesia’s main island of Java erupted.

Prompting more than 2400 village evacuations precisely one year after the mountain’s previous significant eruption that claimed hundreds of lives.


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Alishba Waris is an independent journalist working for CTN News. She brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail to her reporting. With a knack for uncovering the truth, Waris isn't afraid to ask tough questions and hold those in power accountable. Her writing is clear, concise, and cuts through the noise, delivering the facts readers need to stay informed. Waris's dedication to ethical journalism shines through in her hard-hitting yet fair coverage of important issues.

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