Although there were no immediate reports of casualties, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency warned people to stay indoors after five aftershocks were recorded.
A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck Java, Indonesia, causing some residents of the capital Jakarta to panic and escape from the building.
The Indonesian Meteorological Agency (BMKG) said the quake struck 52 km from Banten at a depth of 10 km on Friday, but did not trigger a tsunami warning.
The magnitude was initially reported as 6.7, but has been downgraded to 6.6.
There were no immediate reports of casualties, and BMKG warned people to stay indoors. After five aftershocks were recorded, the strongest reached a magnitude of 5.7.
“From inside the house, it felt like a truck was passing by,” said BMKG Chief Dwikorita Karnawatti.
According to witnesses, in Jakarta, the tremors were felt strongly for more than a minute.
“Ring of Fire”
Indonesia straddles the so-called “Ring of Fire”. This is a highly seismic area where various plates on the crust meet to produce numerous earthquakes and volcanoes.
“I was very scared. There was a sudden earthquake and it was very strong,” said Ani, a 38-year-old nanny.
“When I felt that, I grabbed my employer’s baby directly and ran downstairs.”
Another resident, Ade, 34, was on the 15th floor of Banten’s apartment.
“I was at the Zoom Conference when people shouted’earthquake!’,” Aid said.
“The tremors were so strong that I was shocked. I couldn’t get downstairs right away. I needed to stabilize my body.”
The earthquake was also felt in West Java and Lampung on Sumatra.
Authorities said they had received the first reports of damage in Banten’s Pandeglang, but did not provide further details.
Banten Governor Wahidin Harim told Compass TV that four houses were damaged, one Islamic school collapsed and the mosque was cracked.
Last month, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the eastern part of the country, issuing a tsunami warning and escaping residents from their homes, but with little damage.
Source: TRT World and distributors
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/quake-strikes-off-indonesia-s-java-island-no-tsunami-warning-issued-53649?utm_source=other&utm_medium=rss An earthquake struck Java, Indonesia, and no tsunami warning was issued.