Indonesia Earthquake

 A Severe earthquake on the main Indonesian island of Java has killed many people and injured hundreds, say officials.

According to US Geological survey data the 5.6 magnitude quake struck Cianjur town in West Java, at a shallow depth of 10km (6 miles). 

There are a number of people were taken to near hospitals, with many treated outside.

Rescuers have worked through the night to try to save lives. Others thought to still be trapped under collapsed buildings and trying to save them too. 

The Indonesian area where the quake struck is densely populated and prone to landslides, with poorly built homes reduced to rubble in many areas.

Until its not clear what are the exact number of people killed in earthquake. Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has said their official death toll was 103, adding that another figure given by regional governor Ridwan Kamil - 162 - remains unverified.

BNPB said another 390 people were wounded and that 7 thousand people had taken shelter in various locations in the area and had been provided with basic needs.

Mr Kamil has claimed that a total of 13 thousand had been displaced by the disaster, and that more remained "trapped in isolated places". He said officials were "under the assumption that the number of injured and deaths will rise with time"

Herman Suherman, the head of administration in Cianjur town, said most injuries were bone fractures sustained from people being trapped by debris in buildings.

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"The ambulances keep on coming from the villages to the hospital," he was quoted by AFP news agency as saying earlier in the day. "There are many families in villages that have not been evacuated."

Many of the injured were treated outside in a hospital car park after the hospital was left without power for several hours following the quake, West Java's governor said.

On Monday night, Mr Kamil wrote on Twitter that it could take up to 3 days for power to be fully restored to the area. He added that mobile phone reception remained poor and was causing "a lot of problems" for officials to help the people.

The tremor could also be felt in the capital Jakarta about 100km away, where people were evacuated from high-rise buildings.

Office workers rushed out of buildings in the civic and business district during the tremor, which started at 13:21 Western Indonesian time (WIT) on Monday, the agency said.

An office worker named Ahmad Ridwan told news agency Reuters: "We are used to this [earthquakes] in Jakarta, but people were so nervous just now, so we also panicked."

"I was working when the floor under me was shaking. I could feel the tremor clearly. I tried to do nothing to process what it was, but it became even stronger and lasted for some time," lawyer Mayadita Waluyo told AFP.

In Indonesia Earthquakes are common, which sits on the "ring of fire" area of tectonic activity in the Pacific. The country has a history of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis, with more than 2 thousand killed in a 2018 Sulawesi quake. As soon as we will get to know more about how many killed we'll update you so keep visiting World Info Website. 

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