Natural disaster hits Indonesian island of Java


Officials initially warned local residents of a potential tsunami as the first quake was followed by another a few seconds apart, roughly in the same location, but the tsunami alert was later cancelled, the country's meteorology agency announced.

Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island, is home to more than half of its 250 million people. He posted photos of people scouring collapsed buildings. He fled on his motorbike with his wife and two children after neighbors shouted that water was coming, he said. 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 spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a 62-year-old had died in the Ciamis region in West Java after becoming trapped in a collapsed house.

Tremors were felt in central and west Java and caused minor damage to some buildings.

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The tremor was measured at a depth of 91 km and struck less than a kilometre east-southeast of the coastal town of Cipatujah, the US Geological Survey said. Picture: AFP.Picture: AFPCamera IconThe 6.5 magnitude natural disaster triggering a tsunami warning for parts of the main island's coastline. No significant waves were reported.

About 70 patients had to be helped to safety from the Banyumas Hospital and were given shelter in tents, he said.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where several tectonic plates meet, making it vulnerable to frequent earthquakes.