6.6 magnitude earthquake rattles Indonesia

JAKARTA: 15, JANUARY, 2022: A strong earthquake hit parts of Indonesia's main island of Java on Friday, damaging infrastructures and sending people into the streets, but no human loss was reported, officials said.
As per the US Geological Survey, magnitude 6.6 quake was located in the Indian Ocean about 88 kilometers (54 miles) southwest of Labuan, a coastal town in Banten province. It was centered at a depth of 37 kilometers (23 miles).
Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, said "there was no danger of a tsunami but warned of possible aftershocks."
"The tremor was horrible ... everything in my room was swinging," said Laila Anjasari, a Jakarta resident who lives on the 19th floor of an apartment building, adding that "We ran out and down the stairs in panic."
At least 257 houses and buildings were damaged, mostly in Pandeglang, the closest district to the epicenter, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari.
Last year in December, Indonesia lifted a tsunami alert Tuesday following a magnitude 7.3 undersea earthquake that struck off Flores Island, but apparently causing no damage or fatalities.
As per US Geological Survey, the quake hit at a depth of 18.5 kilometers (11.5 miles) under the sea, and was located 112 kilometers (74 miles) north of the town of Maumere, the second-largest on the island in East Nusa Tenggara province with a population of 85,000.
After an initial tsunami alert, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii and later Indonesia’s agency lifted the warning hours after the quake.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari said residents in the area felt the earthquake strongly. TV footage showed people running away from buildings that shook from the impact.
The chief of Flores Timur district, Anton Hayon, said "No damage was reported."
"We asked people in the coastal areas to get away from the beach lines, especially in the northern side ... as there was a big tsunami there back in 1972," Hayon said. (04)

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