Earthquake on Indonesia: A strong, shallow earthquake on Indonesia’s populous main island on Monday toppled buildings and walls, killing at least 162 people and injuring hundreds, sending residents running into the streets, some covered in blood and debris. By lying, officials are gathering information about the number of injured and dead in far-flung earthquakes.
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said on Instagram that 162 people were killed and 326 injured. “Most of the dead were children,” he said. He said many government school students complete their regular classes for the day and take extra education in Islamic schools.
There are many Islamic boarding schools and mosques in Cianjur. “There have been many incidents in some Islamic schools,” he said. He said more than 13,000 people whose houses were badly damaged were being taken to evacuation centers. Outside hospitals in the Cianjur region, about three hours from the capital Java, emergency workers treated the injured on stretchers and blankets on rooftops and parking lots.
The injured, including children, were rescued with oxygen masks and IV lines. “I lost consciousness. It was very strong,” said Hasan, a construction worker who, like many Indonesians, uses the same name. “I saw my friends running to escape from the building. But it was too late to get out, I hit a wall. Residents, some crying and clutching children, flee their damaged homes after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers at noon.
It caused panic in much of Jakarta, where tall buildings shook and some were displaced. In Cianjur, rescue teams and members of the public are searching for people trapped in collapsed brick houses. Concrete and ceilings collapsed in bedrooms in several homes. Devi Risma, a shopkeeper, was working with customers when the earthquake struck and ran out.
Due to the intensity of the earthquake, the vehicles on the road were stopped. “I felt it three times, but the first one was very strong for about 10 seconds. The roof of the shop next to where I work collapsed and people reported two people killed.” Said to be a national disaster. The fire agency said the death toll had risen to 62 and hundreds were injured. More than 5,000 people were evacuated. Agency spokesman Abdul Muhri said 25 people were still buried under the rubble in Sijedil village. BNPB reported that more than 2,200 houses were damaged and more than 5,300 people were displaced.
Police in Cianjur said the death toll could rise as many people were trapped under the rubble of damaged buildings. Officials said the landslide disrupted electricity and communications and halted evacuations from some areas. Several landslides have blocked roads around Nazur in Chia district. The agency said dozens of damaged buildings included Islamic boarding schools, hospitals and other public facilities. Kamil said the local government, national police and Indonesian military were still gathering information.
He said 88 aftershocks were reported while the Meteorological Department warned of more landslides if there is heavy rain. Indonesia covers the so-called “Pacific Ring of Fire”, a very seismically active region where different plates of the Earth’s crust meet and produce many earthquakes and volcanoes. In 2004, a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on the northern Indonesian island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that affected 14 countries, killing 226,000 people along the Indian Ocean coast.
French President Emmanuel Macron was the first world leader to express his condolences. “This morning there was an earthquake in Indonesia. All impressed thoughts,” he wrote.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his condolences and said “Ottawa is ready to help in any way possible.” Indonesian President Joko Widodo has yet to comment on the earthquake.
The Indonesian Meteorological Agency reported 62 aftershocks in Siangjur following the earthquake, which ranged in magnitude from 1.8 to 4 on the Richter scale. There were no reports of casualties or major damage during the three-hour journey to Jakarta.
Mayadita Waluyo, a 22-year-old lawyer, said panicked workers ran for the exits when the earthquake hit Jakarta. “While I was working, the ground beneath me shook. I clearly felt the tremors,” he said.
Indonesia experiences frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi, killing more than 100 people and leaving thousands homeless.
Prime Minister Sharif Sharif expressed his condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo for those killed in Monday’s earthquake. “Saddened by the tragic loss of precious lives in the earthquake in Java, Indonesia,” the Prime Minister tweeted on his social media account. “We extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to His Excellency President Joko Widodo, the families of the deceased and the Indonesian brothers in Pakistan,” he said.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of life in the earthquake in Indonesia.