An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 SR centered on the Indian Ocean with a depth of 64 km 43 km southwest of Lebak Regency, Banten Province on 23/1/2018 at 13:34 WIB has caused hundreds of damaged houses in Banten, Jakarta, and West Java.

“The earthquake is not a potential tsunami. Earthquake shocks are felt in the areas of Jakarta, Banten, Lampung, West Java, and Central Java and cause people to scatter outbuildings and homes. People in high-rise offices, apartments, hotels and buildings feel the shock so much as to panic and scatter out of the building. They gathered in several safe places, “explained Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Data and Information Center of BNPB.

Based on temporary data, hundreds of homes were damaged and 7 people were injured. In Kabupaten Cianjur, 6 students were seriously injured and 2 students were slightly injured due to collapsed roof tiles at SMK Tenggeung, Tanggeung District, Cianjur Regency, West Java. Not only that, in Cianjur also recorded 2 houses heavily damaged by the earthquake.

Still in West Java, precisely in Sukabumi district there are 10 houses and 3 public facilities damaged. In Bogor Regency, several houses and buildings were damaged in Kecamatan Sukajaya, Kecamata Nanggung, Megamendung Subdistrict, Caringin Subdistrict, and District of Cijeruk were informed of damage.

Meanwhile, in Banten province which is the epicenter of the quake, there are 115 houses, 1 mosque and 1 puskesmas damaged by the earthquake. And until this news was revealed, there was no information on casualties.

Following up the incident, Rumah Zakat Volunteers team in Cilegon and Lebak this afternoon immediately headed to the location to help evacuate and conduct the assessment after the earthquake. “We also continue to coordinate with the government and other institutions to distribute the assistance needed by citizens,” said Andri Murdianto, Crisis Center Department Head Rumah Zakat.

Newsroom / Kuna

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