Magnitude-6.4 earthquake damages dozens of houses in Ujung Kulon, Banten

An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit Ujung Kulon, Banten province, on Friday at 16.52 local time, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said.

The temblor had its epicenter at 6.79 degrees southern latitude and 105.11 degrees eastern longitude or about 42 kilometers northwest of Ujung Kulon at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The quake was also felt in Jakarta city forcing people working in high-rise buildings to rush out of their offices in panic.

Dozens of houses in the Banten regency of Pandeglang were damaged following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that rattled the western tip of Java on Friday.

“We are still collecting data of houses with moderate and severe damages,” Pandeglang police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Aminuddin told Antara.

He said Sumur district was hit hardest by the quake, with a number of houses reportedly develop cracks. Field officers also reported a kitchen in a house in the district collapsed and roof tiles in some houses fell to the ground.

Another police officer said two neighboring elementary school buildings and a number of houses in Cibaliung district were slightly damaged by the quake.

Aminuddin said there were no reports of fatalities or injuries from the quake, whose epicented was located in Sunda Strait at a depth of 10 kilometers beneath the ocean floor.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheavals due to its location on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

Before, on September 30, a powerful earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale struck West Sumatra and surroundings.

The quake which was centered 78 km northwest of Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province, at a depth of 71 km in the seabed. It caused major damage to 101,653, moderate damage to 48,966 and minor damage to 49,026 houses.

Up till now, the West Sumatra earthquake has taken more than 1,000 lives, and left hundreds of people injured, and crushed 283,067 houses.

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