Deep 5.8 magnitude tremor rocks Indonesia’s capital – Boston News, Weather, Sports

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – A powerful and deep earthquake struck the Indonesian capital and other parts of the main island of Java on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or casualties.

High-rise buildings in the capital Jakarta swayed for several seconds and some ordered evacuations.

According to the US Geological Survey, the 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck at a depth of 123.7 kilometers (76.9 miles) with a center 14 km (8.7 miles) northwest of Ciranjang-hilir in West Java province, the same province in which a 5.6 magnitude earthquake on November 21 At least 334 people were killed and nearly 600 injured in the town of Cianjur.

It was the deadliest in Indonesia since a 2018 Sulawesi quake and tsunami that killed about 4,340 people. It also hit at a shallower depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

Earthquakes are common in the sprawling archipelagic nation, but it’s unusual for them to be felt in Jakarta.

The country of more than 270 million people is prone to frequent earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis due to its location on the arc of volcanoes and fault lines known as the “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific Basin.

In 2004, an extremely powerful Indian Ocean earthquake triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

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