Quake shakes Indonesia’s Java, students injured

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake shook the Indonesian island of Java on Tuesday, killing at least one person and damaging hundreds of homes.

At least 20 people were injured, including eight students at a school where a roof collapsed.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the magnitude 6.0 quake was centered off western Java at a depth of about 43 kilometers (27 miles). The epicenter was about 153 kilometers (95 miles) southwest of Jakarta, the capital.

Darmidi, an official at the Disaster Mitigation Agency in Serang, the capital of Banten province, said a villager in Lebak district near the epicenter died of electrocution when his house collapsed.

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More than 330 buildings were damaged in Lebak alone, Darmidi, who uses one name, told TVOne television. He said a mosque and a public health center had been flattened.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said in a statement that six high school students suffered serious injuries and two sustained minor injuries from falling roof tiles at their school in the Cianjur area of West Java. It said hundreds of homes were damaged as well as some mosques and hospitals. The agency said it was still assessing the full extent of the damage.

The Social Ministry said 12 people were also injured in Bogor, another West Java area.

Buildings in Jakarta swayed for 10 to 20 seconds and some ordered evacuations, sending streams of people into the streets.

TVOne television showed workers and shoppers running out of a mall in central Jakarta in panic.

Witnesses told TVOne that houses were damaged in coastal areas of West Java, where many people ran to higher ground, fearing a tsunami.

Indonesia’s Department of Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics said the quake didn’t have the potential to generate a tsunami and no warning was issued.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, straddles the Pacific “Ring of Fire” and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

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