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Magnitude 5,6 Earthquake in Indonesia Kills At Least 62

22 November 2022 00:26

At least 62 people have been killed and hundreds of others were wounded after a magnitude 5,6 earthquake hit Cianjur, in Indonesia's West Java, Monday (21/11/2022) afternoon, causing landslides, electricity blackouts, and transport connectivities to be cut off.

Hundreds of houses were reportedly damaged there, and from one of the hospitals there Sayang Cianjur Hospital, 20 people died and about 300 hundred others were injured. 

Patients were treated outside the hospital building because some cracks were found in the building after the earthquake and there was a danger of aftershocks. As of late Monday (21/11/2022) afternoon, ambulances and people from villages kept coming to hospitals and other medical facilities, carrying victims of the natural disaster.

Separately, The Head of Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency Suharyanto, during a press conference, Monday (21/11/2022) afternoon said that at least 56 people have died and 700 others were injured, due to the inland tremors. Later in the evening, officials confirmed the death toll rose to 62 people.

Meanwhile, The Head of The Meteorologic Climatology and Geophysics Agency Dwi Korita warned people in the affected earthquake areas to stay alert for potential collateral hazards such as landslides and floods, considering the heavy rains during this time in the area.

She said, further investigation is needed to ensure the cause of today's quake, which probably is because of the Cimandiri crack, or Padalarang crack, that lies along West Java Province. The 5,6 earthquake also caused landslides in several locations in West Java, that cut Cianjur regency from its neighboring areas.