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Earthquake Hits Indonesia’s Java

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck the island of Java in Indonesia, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said, with authorities reporting at least one death and damage to buildings.

The USGS said the epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of 92 kilometres, about 52 kilometres southwest of Tasikmalaya.

Indonesia’s national disaster management agency said the quake activated early tsunami warning systems in the south of Java, but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said no tsunami had been detected.

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

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster agency, said at least one person had been killed, several homes damaged and a hospital evacuated. He posted photos of people scouring collapsed buildings.

The quake swayed buildings for several seconds in the capital Jakarta.

Java is Indonesia’s most densely populated island and is home to more than half of its 250 million people.

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