JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An earthquake struck Indonesia’s main island of Java on Monday, killing at least 14 people, damaging dozens of buildings and sending people fleeing into the streets for safety.
The 5.4-magnitude quake was centered in the Cianjur region of West Java province at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to the US Geological Survey.
At least 14 people were killed and 17 injured, according to the director of the National Disaster Relief Agency, Suharyanto. Dozens of buildings were damaged, including an Islamic boarding school, a hospital and other public facilities, the agency said.
Information on the number of casualties and damage was still being gathered, the statement added.
The tremor was strongly felt in the Jakarta area. The capital’s skyscrapers oscillated for more than three minutes and some were evacuated.
“The tremor felt very strong. My colleagues and I decided to leave the 9th floor office via the emergency stairs,” said Vidi Primadhania, who works in South Jakarta.
Earthquakes are common across the vast archipelago, but are rarely felt in Jakarta.
Indonesia, a large archipelago with more than 270 million people, is often subject to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Rim.
In February, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed at least 25 people and injured more than 460 in West Sumatra province. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake killed more than 100 people and injured nearly 6,500 in West Sulawesi province.
A powerful earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004 killed nearly 230,000 people in a dozen countries, the majority in Indonesia.