A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s West Java region on Saturday


A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Indonesia’s West Java region on Saturday, Indonesia’s Geophysical Authority BMKG said.

Authorities said the quake was not likely to trigger a tsunami. It was felt in Jakarta, the capital, about 200 km away from the epicenter.

One person was injured and four houses were damaged in Garut village, said Abdul Muhari, a spokesman for Indonesia’s Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

Some residents of other towns and cities in West Java took to social media to say they felt the quake strongly. A Reuters eyewitness in Bandung, the capital of West Java province, said a hotel guest ran out of the building and then came back inside.

Last month, a 5.6 magnitude shallow earthquake struck Cianjur in West Java, killing more than 300 people.

BNPB chief Suharyanto told local news channel MetroTV that authorities were still checking other locations near the epicenter on Saturday.

“I hope the impact isn’t as bad as Cianjur’s this time because the epicenter is pretty deep,” he told MetroTV.


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