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Four die in Banten earthquake, two of them due to panic, exhaustion

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, August 3, 2019   /  04:00 pm
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A resident gathers what remains from her shattered home in Pandeglang, Banten, on Saturday, after a 6.9-magnitude earthquake rocked the western coast of Banten.(Antara/Asep Fathulrahman)

Vicky Wijaya, a 23-year-old engineer, was on a bus heading to downtown Cilegon, Banten, from his workplace, a plant in the province's coastal area of Anyer, on Friday evening when he saw through the window people running out of buildings and homes to a jammed street. Panic was seen on their faces, he said, and his bus came to a halt for a few minutes. That was when he realized what was going on. He felt the bus shaking, as if he was "riding an 'odong-odong'", referring to an amusement park ride popular among children. "That was the third time I experienced a quake. The previous two I experienced in Bandung [West Java] weren't as strong," he told The Jakarta Post via phone on Saturday. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) first reported that it was 7.4-magnitude earthquake, but later corrected it to 6.9 magnitu...