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Indonesia Earthquake: At least 56 dead, 700 injured as 5.6 magnitude quake rattled Java island

Casualties fear to rise.

At least 56 people have been killed and 700 were left injured in an earthquake that rattled Indonesia’s main island of Java on Monday, a local official from the town worst hit by the tremor told local media.

A shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake’s epicenter was on land in Cianjur in West Java, at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles).

As reported, the majority of deaths were counted in one hospital.

The head of Cianjur’s local administration Herman Suherman said most of the victims killed in the ruins of collapsed buildings.

Shops, a hospital and an Islamic boarding school in the town have been severely damaged, according to Indonesian media.

Scenes of destruction from quake hit areas are emerging on social media.

 

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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