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The Indonesian Agency for Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics said the tremor's magnitude was 6.9 and issued a tsunami alert in the West Java, Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces early Saturday, which was cancelled later.

An quake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck the island of Java in Indonesia, the US Geological Survey said on Friday (Dec 15), with the authorities reporting at least two deaths, and damage to buildings.

The tremor was felt across the island including in the capital Jakarta, some 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the epicentre. The quake swayed buildings for several seconds in Jakarta.

He posted on his Twitter page photos of people scouring collapsed buildings.

At least five other people were reported injured across the island as authorities continued to assess the damage from the quake, which hit just before midnight local time (1700 GMT).

The quake was felt in the capital Jakarta, about 300km from the epicentre, as well as several other towns on Java.


A powerful magnitude 6.5 natural disaster struck the island of Java in Indonesia just before midnight on Friday, with authorities reporting three deaths and damage to hundreds of buildings.

People in the coastal city of Cilacap evacuated as a precaution fearing a tsunami.

An natural disaster with a magnitude of 6.5 struck the island of Java in Indonesia damages more than a hundred houses and several public buldings.

The worst affected areas were in West Java and include Pangandaran, Ciamis and Tasikmalaya, which is located in Cipatujah and has a population of 1.7 million.

"Suddenly, we felt dizzy..."

Indonesia is positioned on the highly seismically active zone "Pacific Ring of Fire", which is known for collision of tectonic plates, and hence it experiences frequent earthquakes.


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