7.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Indonesia’s main island

Jakarta, April 14 (BNA): A strong earthquake struck parts of the main Indonesian island of Java and the tourist island of Bali today, Friday, causing panic, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

The USGS reported that the 7.0-magnitude quake was centered 96.5 kilometers (59.8 miles) north of Tuban, a port city in East Java province, at a depth of 594 kilometers (369 miles), the Associated Press reports.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said there was no danger of a tsunami but warned of possible aftershocks. The agency estimated an initial magnitude of 6.6. Variations in early measurements are common.

Videos circulating on social media showed locals and tourists in the neighboring provinces of Central Java, Yogyakarta and Bali panicking as houses and buildings swayed for several seconds. Some places ordered evacuations, which sent large numbers of people onto the streets.

The country of more than 270 million people is frequently hit by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific basin known as the “Ring of Fire”.

In 2004, a very strong earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, mostly in the Indonesian province of Aceh.


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