Indonesia Earthquake: 1,000 people displaced

Jakarta, Aug 3  The 6.9 earthquake that struck the strait between the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra on Friday night caused structural damage in over 100 buildings, including 58 houses and a mosque in the municipality of Pandeglang, while one person was killed, four others injured and 1,000 people were displaced.

The tremor was also felt in the capital city of Jakarta, located around 250 km northwest, and damaged buildings in West Java’s Bandung, over 300 km from the epicenter, the National Disaster Management Agency said in a statement.

The US Geological Survey, which records seismic activity around the world and had initially estimated the earthquake’s magnitude to be 6.8, put the epicenter around 90 km southwest of Pandeglang and its hypocenter at a depth of 42 km.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of massive seismic and volcanic activities with 127 active volcanoes. It experiences about 7,000, mostly-moderate, quakes a year.


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