At least two dead as 6.5 magnitude natural disaster hits off Java, Indonesia

BREAKING: Powerful 6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes island popular with Brit tourists

Reports said the powerful tremors lasted as much as 30 seconds in places. More than 1,000 villagers in his area evacuated to higher ground and didn't return until Saturday morning after authorities convinced them it was safe, he said.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency's (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said at least two people had been killed, seven injured, over 100 homes damaged- 43 either very heavily damaged or collapsed - and a hospital evacuated.

A massive quake struck the country's western Aceh province in December 2016, killing more than 100 people, injuring many more and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the magnitude-6.5 quake was located at a depth of 57 miles (92km), about 32 miles south-west of Tasikmalaya. People ran out of buildings in panic in many areas and Indonesian television showed heavy traffic on roads as people left coastal areas.

He said buildings collapsed and were damaged in several cities and towns of central and western Java.

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The Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysics Agency has issued tsunami warnings for regions off the southern coast of Java Island's West Java province, Central Java province and Yogyakarta Special Region.

Nugroho said 228 houses were damaged heavily and 722 received moderate to light damage.

The natural disaster affected 76 sub-districts in eight districts in West Java Province, Dicky Saromi, head of the West Java BPBD, said here, Sunday.

The quake struck at 11:47 p.m. and triggered a tsunami warning for parts of Java's coastline that was lifted about two hours later. No significant waves were reported.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area of great seismic and volcanic activity in which some 7,000 earthquakes are recorded each year, although most are moderate.

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