JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Natural disasters continue to grip Indonesia, after a 6.1 Richter scale earthquake hit the province of East Java on Saturday, killing at least eight people and injuring 25 others.
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Earthquake in Indonesia’s East Java Province Kills Eight, Injures 25
A 6.1 Richter scale earthquake has struck the Indonesian province of East Java on Saturday afternoon, killing eight people and injuring 25 others. The earthquake, whose epicenter is 96 kilometers off the Malang regency, did not set off a tsunami warning.
“Five of the fatalities are from the Lumajang regency, while three are from the Malang regency” said Regional Mitigation Agency [BPBD] branch for East Java Gatot Subroto. “Most of them have been killed by buildings toppled by the earthquake or rubble.”
Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency or BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Mitigation head Daryono noted that “the earthquake was traced to a depth of 25 kilometers offshore the town of Kepanjen in Malang regency,” he said.
Daryono noted that the earthquake was felt in other Indonesian areas, among them the islands of Lombok and Sumbawa in East Nusa Tenggara province, and the provinces of Bali, Central Java and Yogyakarta.
Another earthquake occurred off the Sangihe islands of North Sulawesi province. As with East Java, the earthquake did not set off a tsunami.
The BMKG also warned East Java not to let its guard down, as the province is vulnerable to more natural disasters.