Published: Saturday 16 December, 2017

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Indonesia, At Least Two Deaths Reported

A strong earthquake has struck Indonesia. The 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the Island of Java Friday night sending residents out of their houses and into the streets.

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The Indonesia earthquake struck at 11:47 PM Local time and sent resident fleeing to the streets and open spaces in fear. (Accuweather image)

The earthquake was centered in Cipatujah, in the western part of Java at 11:47 PM local time and was felt in other parts of Indonesia including its capital of Jakarta. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake had a depth of 91.9 kilometers.

Fears of a tsunami sent people fleeing to higher ground. A tsunami alert was issued by Indonesian authorities but was lifted past 2:00 AM.

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As of this writing, the death toll stands at two. The two deaths were caused by falling rubble – one in Ciamis, in West Java, and the other in Pekalongan, in Central Java, according CNN Philippines quoting Indonesian emergency authorities.

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Residents flee to higher ground after the Indonesia earthquake for fear of a tsunami. (AP image)

Aftershocks continue to be felt but most residents have returned to their homes.

Two strong earthquakes have struck Indonesia at the about this time in the past. On December 7, 2016, a strong earthquake killed about 100 people in Aceh province. And on December 26, 2004, a catastrophic earthquake off Sumatra in the Indian Ocean measuring 9.1 to 9.3 in magnitude caused a tsunami that killed almost 300,000 people in 14 countries.

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