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5.9-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia’s Java island

world Updated: Jun 04, 2012 23:59 IST
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A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s most-populated island on Monday, shaking buildings in Jakarta, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, officials said.

The quake struck 96 kilometres southwest of the city of Sukabumi in western Java after 4.30pm at a depth of 67 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

The tremor was felt 200 kilometres away in Jakarta, causing tall buildings to shake.

“The quake was quite strong but we have no reports yet of casualties or damage. We will monitor the affected area,” National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP.

Nugroho said the quake struck around 50 kilometres offshore but no tsunami warning was issued, and that activities in Sukabumi had “gone back to normal”.

An AFP correspondent in Sukabumi said residents ran from their homes in panic.

“I was praying at the time and suddenly it struck, so my husband and I ran outside the house into the yard. Luckily, I can’t see any damage to our home,” 27-year-old Hefei, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, told the AFP correspondent.

The Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysics Agency earlier measured it as a 6.1-magnitude quake with a depth of 24 kilometres.