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44 dead and 300 injured in Indonesia earthquake

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More than a dozen people were killed in a powerful 5.6-magnitude earth quake that rattled Indonesia’s West Java province on Monday, a local official said. The epicentre of the earthquake was located in Cianjur, the town in West Java.

Herman Suherman, a government official from Cianjur told that up to 44 people had died at one hospital in the area. In videos widely shared on social media which could not be verified independently, buildings could be seen shaking during the earthquake.

The civic authorities said they had rescued two people trapped in a landslide in Cianjur but a third person had died.

The authorities said they had rescued two people trapped in a landslide in Cianjur but a third person had died.

Indonesia local media showed several buildings in Cianjur with their roofs collapsed. The country’s meteorological agency warned residents near the quake to watch out for more tremors.

December 26, 2021, marks 17 years since the devastating Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami of 2004 which struck the coasts of multiple countries in south and southeast Asia and took a fatal toll on the population there.

Listed among the worst calamities in this part of the world, more than 230,000 people across India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Thailand, and Indonesia were and the countries sustained billions of dollars worth of damages to property after the 100-foot tsunami triggered by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake.

The 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami is also known as the Boxing Day Tsunami or, in the scientific community, the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake. The tremors were so powerful that it was one of those rare instances when the entire planet vibrated and no place on Earth escaped movement.

“Globally, this earthquake was large enough to basically vibrate the whole planet as much as half an inch, or a centimeter,” the report quoted an associate professor of geosciences at the Penn State University in the United States. “Everywhere we had instruments, we could see motions.”

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