A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia’s main island, Java, on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced. Less than two weeks ago, another earthquake in the same province killed more than 330 people.
According to the USGS, the earthquake occurred on land at a depth of 112.5 km, with its epicenter 18 km southeast of the city of Banjar in West Java. There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.
According to the country’s meteorological agency, the earthquake, which also shook buildings in the capital Jakarta, was stronger and reached a magnitude of 6.4, but did not cause a tsunami threat.
Indonesia often experiences seismic and volcanic activity due to its location on the Pacific Ocean’s “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.
Last month, a shallow 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck the town of Siangjur in West Java, killing 331 people, injuring thousands and leaving tens of thousands homeless as buildings were collapsing and landslides were triggering. In the days following the quake, many were found buried under the rubble, but only a few successful rescues were reported, including that of a six-year-old boy. The fact that the child survived was called a “miracle” by rescuers.
The 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the island of Sulawesi last January killed more than 100 people and left thousands homeless.
Source: The Delfi