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Death toll rises to 7 in East Java earthquake

Death toll rises to 7 in East Java earthquake Workers clear debris from the hall of a local parliament building in Blitar, East Java, on April 10, 2021, after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Java island. M. ULIN NUHA / AFP (AFP/M. Ulin Nuha)
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Jakarta   ●   Sun, April 11, 2021 2021-04-11 13:24 25 99d7d57c053835b58634634621cbbe68 2 National java,quake,death Free

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off East Java on Saturday afternoon, killing at least seven people and injuring a dozen, according to the country's disaster management agency.

Three bodies have been recovered in Lumajang Regency, while another was found in Malang Regency and two others in between those regencies, all in East Java Province, according to National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Raditya Jati, quoted by Kyodo News.

The 2 p.m. quake originated 148.4 kilometers south of the provincial capital of Surabaya at a depth of 82.3 km, according to the US Geological Survey.

More than 300 buildings were damaged in the province. Authorities are still assessing the impact of the quake.

Images from the scene showed a ceiling caved in at a hospital ward and debris strewn across the floor of the local parliament in Blitar, a city southwest of Malang.

"I had just finished praying and was changing my clothes when suddenly the quake struck," Malang resident Ida Magfiroh told AFP

"It was pretty strong and went for a long time. Everything was swaying... My heart was racing."

The deadly quake comes as the Southeast Asian nation reels from a cyclone that killed more than 200 people in the eastern part of the archipelago and neighbouring East Timor this week.

Indonesia experiences frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity where tectonic plates collide that stretches from Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin. 

Among Indonesia's string of deadly quakes was a devastating 2004 tremor measuring 9.1 magnitude that struck off the coast of Sumatra and triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 throughout the region, including about 170,000 in Indonesia.

The Boxing Day disaster was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history.

In 2018, a powerful quake shook the island of Lombok and several more tremors followed over the next couple of weeks, killing more than 550 people on the holiday island and neighbouring Sumbawa.

Later that year, a 7.5-magnitude quake and a subsequent tsunami in Palu on Sulawesi island left more than 4,300 people dead or missing.

In 2006, a 6.3-magnitude quake rocked a densely populated region of Java near the city of Yogyakarta, killing around 6,000 people and injuring tens of thousands more.

A year earlier, a quake measuring 8.7 magnitude struck off the coast of Sumatra, which is particularly prone to quakes, killing 900 people and injuring about 6,000.