JAKARTA – A shallow earthquake in central Indonesia has killed three people and damaged more than 300 homes, disaster officials said as they declared a two-week emergency for the affected areas.
Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency yesterday said the 4.4-magnitude quake that occurred on Wednesday at a depth of 4km was centred 52km north of Kebumen, a densely populated district of Central Java province.
Central Java’s Disaster Management Agency head Sarwo Pramana said the quake, which was felt in many parts of the province, killed two elderly people and a 13-year-old boy who were crushed by collapsing buildings.
He said 21 people were hospitalised with injuries and more than 2,100 people have been evacuated to temporary shelters.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s Sutopo Purwo said that the quake damaged more than 300 houses as well as several schools and mosques.
Indonesia is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location along the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.
A powerful Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia. — AP