Strong quake hits Indonesia's Java, at least two dead

6.5 Quake Rocks Southern Indonesia United States Geological Survey

Epicentre of the quake about 52 kms southwest of Tasikmalaya

A 6.5-magnitude natural disaster rattled the western part of the island of Java in Indonesia on Friday, authorities said.

The alert was lifted at 2:30 a.m., the spokesman said.

An quake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale shook Indonesia's West Java province on Friday night, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency said.

Camera IconPatients are evacuated outside a hospital following an quake in Banyumas, Central Java, Indonesia.

A powerful magnitude 6.5 quake struck the island of Java in Indonesia just before midnight on Friday, with authorities reporting two deaths and damage to scores of buildings.

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Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency said a magnitude 5.7 quake early on Saturday also struck south of West Java.

People ran out of buildings in panic in many areas and Indonesian television showed heavy traffic on roads as people left coastal areas.

A magnitude-6.5 natural disaster has struck off the coast of Java in Indonesia, the United States Geological Survey says, with authorities reporting at least one death and damage to buildings.

He said strong tremors were felt for about 20 seconds in the capital of Jakarta and in cities and villages in western and central Java.

Indonesia is located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions frequently occur.

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