Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Kills Over 160 in Indonesia 

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake in Indonesia kills 160 people and thousands of people displaced. | IMG Source: Reuters

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake killed at least 160 people in Indonesia’s West Java province last Monday. 362 people were injured with varying degrees of severity. The quake has displaced around 13,800 people and at least 2,340 homes have been damaged.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of the earthquake was near the Cianjur region in West Java. 

The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) local office in West Java reported that a mosque and hospital were damaged. They also relayed that four schools and 52 houses collapsed. 

Reuters reported that there is no risk of a tsunami. 

Herman Suherman, a government official in Cianjur, told the media that some residents were trapped in rubble of collapsed establishments. 

Government agencies warned of possible landslides especially if heavy rains were to occur. Authorities also set up tents and shelters for the victims to treat their basic needs. 

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