Terrible Earthquake in Indonesia, Magnitude 6.6 On Richter Scale

Terrible Earthquake in Indonesia: A magnitude 6.6 earthquake shakes the Indonesian Java Island today. The US geological survey said the quake shook the capital, Jakarta. No official tsunami alert was issued and no immediate reports of injuries or sever damage were received.

Earthquake in Indonesia

The United States Geological Survey said the earthquake struck at a depth of 37 KM at 0905 GMT southwest of the island. According to AFP journalists no tsunami alert was issued, no casualties were reported but the earthquake was felt in the capital and house were shaken.

One of the AFP reporters reported that some Jakarta residents had been evacuated and that many had fled their homes under the open sky in panic. How people of Kalibata City apartment complex (south of the capital) fled their homes in panic are described by 25 years young Nur Latifa.

Nur Latifa told AFP correspondent “I was working from home and noticed my laptop was moving… then the door started to rattle and hanging objects started to make a noise,”

“I fetched my roommate who was in the bathroom and we fled the apartment. Outside people were rushing towards the emergency stairs.”

 Indonesian is prone to frequent earthquakes due to it’s location in the Pacific “Ring of Fire”. It is the pressure of a strong earthquake where tectonic plates collide that extend from Japan across Southeast Asia and the Pacific Basin.

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