Tourists, residents flee Pangandaran after quake
Tsunami scare: A family sits on a pick up truck as they return to their home after a tsunami warning was called off following a magnitude-6.7 earthquake, in Cilacap, Central Java, Monday. The strong earthquake hit off early Monday, prompting authorities to briefly issue a tsunami warning that sent thousands of residents fleeing to higher ground. A magnitude-7.1 earthquake that rocked Cilacap regency in Central Java on Monday morning was also felt by visitors at Pangandaran Beach, Ciamis, sending them fleeing from hotel rooms in search of higher ground.
“Residents and tourists scrambled from the beach area. They looked panicked,” A tourism official in charge of the management of the beach, Asep Udel, said as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.
The quake struck at 3 a.m. Asep said tourists and residents living nearby, fearing that a tsunami would occur, scurried from their homes and hotels near the beach.
Pangandaran Beach was among locations hit by a tsunami in 2006.
Residents and visitors returned to beach area at around 7 a.m after it was confirmed that there was no danger of a tsunami.