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Jakarta Post

Earthquake hits Banjarnegara, kills one, destroys buildings

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Banjarnegara   /   Wed, April 18, 2018   /   08:21 pm
Earthquake hits Banjarnegara, kills one, destroys buildings A mosque in Banjarnegara, Central Java, was destroyed following a 4.4-magnitude earthquake that hit the regency. (Courtesy of Banjarnegara Disaster Mitigation Agency/-)

A 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck Banjarnegara, Central Java, on Wednesday afternoon, killing one and destroying hundreds of buildings, including houses, schools and mosques.

At least 20 people were injured and over 500 residents have been evacuated since the earthquake hit.

“The casualty has been identified as Asep, 13, a fifth grader [...] Ninety percent of houses were damaged,” Banjarnegara Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) official Aang told the press on Wednesday.

Kertosari village in Kalibening district is reportedly the area that suffered the most damage.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the quake was centered 52 kilometers north of Kebumen at a depth of 4 km.

BPBD Banjarnegara has set up temporary shelters in Kalibening district to accommodate evacuees. (swd)

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