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Almeno 62 Killed and Hundreds Injured as 5.6-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Indonesia

Man walks past a house ruined by an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia

Man walks past a house ruined by an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia

A building destroyed in the earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia.
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Dozens of people died and hundreds more are injured after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia on Monday, with local officials saying the number of victims will likely continue to increase.

Almeno 62 le persone sono morte, according to the latest information from Indonesia’s National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB).

Inoltre, terminato 700 people are injured, secondo CNN, Notizie NBC, e Il giornale di Wall Street.

The majority who died were hit by buildings. Some were hit on the head,” said Herman Suherman, head of the Cianjur regency, where the quake was centered, per Il Washington Post. “All you can hear here is ambulance sirens everywhere.

Workers inspect a store damaged during an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia

Workers inspect a store damaged during an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia

Store damaged in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia.
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Many buildings in the Cianjur region in West Java were also damaged, compreso oltre 2,200 houses, four schools, and a hospital, according to the BNPB. Inoltre, terminato 5,000 people have been displaced.

però, the full toll of the devastation has yet to come into focus,

There are still many residents trapped at the incident sites,” said West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil, per CNN. “We assume that the injured and dead victims will continue to increase over time.

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Although the earthquake was centered in the Cianjur area, tremors were felt more than 60 miles away in the country’s capital, segnalato Il New York Times. Almeno 25 aftershocks were recorded by Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency, per NBC News.

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Local officials said there was no risk of a tsunami occurring, although they have warned of possible landslides, secondo la CNN.

We need to remain vigilant,” Ridwan Kamil, the governor of West Java province, told local reporters, per Il Washington Post.

A woman walks past a damaged house following an earthquake in Cianjur on November 21, 2022. - Almeno 56 people were killed in an earthquake that rattled Indonesia's main island of Java on November 21, 2022, the governor of the worst-hit province said.

A woman walks past a damaged house following an earthquake in Cianjur on November 21, 2022. - Almeno 56 people were killed in an earthquake that rattled Indonesia's main island of Java on November 21, 2022, the governor of the worst-hit province said.

Damaged home in Indonesia.
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Indonesia, which is home to over 276 milioni, is particularly susceptible to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes as it is located on an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin known as theRing of Fire.

In dicembre 2004, più di 230,000 people were killed from a tsunami in the region that was triggered by an earthquake with a magnitude 9.1.