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2 killed, 7 injured in Java quake: Agency

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 16, 2017   /   08:33 am
2 killed, 7 injured in Java quake: Agency This house in Tasikmalaya, West Java, was badly damaged following an 6.9 magnitude earthquake that rattled the southern part of Java on Friday night. (Courtesy of/BNPB)

The 6.9 magnitude earthquake that rattled the southern part of Java on Friday night has left at least two people dead, seven injured and dozens of houses and public facilities damaged, the nation’s disaster mitigation agency says.

Among the cities badly affected by the quake were Pangandaran, Tasikmalaya, Ciamis, Banjar, Garut, Cilacap, Kebumen, Pekalongan, Banyumas, Brebes and Banjarnegara, according to a statement released by National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

The two victims have been identified as Dede Lutfi, 62, a resident of Ciamis, West Java, and Aminah, 80, a resident of Pekalongan. They were killed by collapsing walls.

“The injured have been rushed to the nearest hospitals,” Sutopo said.

The quake was reportedly felt across Java, including Jakarta, and was followed by a number of aftershocks. A tsunami warning was issued shortly after the tremor, but it was soon revoked and people have returned to their homes, the agency said. (vla/ahw)