Earthquake rocks Indonesia killing dozens; wounding hundreds

A shallow earthquake rattled Indonesia’s main island of Java, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds of others with fears the casualty figures could rise.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.6 earthquake on Monday was centred in the Cianjur region in West Java province at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles). It sent residents in the capital, Jakarta, running to the streets for safety.

The earthquake killed at least 46 people and about 700 others, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. Hundreds of buildings were damaged, including an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public facilities.

Herman Suherman, a government official from Cianjur, told reporters some residents were trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings.

“The latest data, 46 people were killed. Victims kept coming from many areas. Around 700 people were injured,” Suherman said.

He said the town’s Sayang hospital had no power after the quake, leaving doctors unable to operate on victims.

Cianjur town is 75km (35 miles) southeast of Jakarta. Footage from Metro TV showed structures in Cianjur reduced almost entirely to rubble as worried residents huddled outside.

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