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Six people killed in magnitude 6 earthquake in Indonesia

At least six people were killed on Saturday in a magnitude 6 earthquake that rocked parts of Indonesia, including the main island, Java, the national disaster management agency said.

“The agency recorded six dead and one person seriously injured,” said spokesman for the public body, Raditya Jati, adding that several villages on the east coast of the island were evacuated.

The agency did not say if the toll could increase in the coming hours but assured that no missing had been reported.

The earthquake was recorded at a depth of 82 km, about 45 km from the locality of Malang (in eastern Java), a city of nearly three million inhabitants.

A house collapsed after an earthquake in Malang on April 10, 2021 on the island of Java, Indonesia (AFP – DAHAYU TUNGGADEWE)

Images released showed a collapsed ceiling at a hospital as well as debris on the floor of the local parliament in Blitar, southwest of Malang.

“It was strong enough and lasted quite a long time,” resident Ida Megfiroh told AFP. “Everything was swinging,” she added.

Indonesia regularly faces earthquakes or volcanic eruptions, due to its position on the Pacific “ring of fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

In 2018, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 caused a tsunami that struck Palu, on the island of Sulawesi, causing the death or disappearance of 4,300 people.

A house collapsed after an earthquake in Malang on April 10, 2021 on the island of Java, Indonesia (AFP - DAHAYU TUNGGADEWE)

A house collapsed after an earthquake in Malang on April 10, 2021 on the island of Java, Indonesia (AFP – DAHAYU TUNGGADEWE)

But the country remains marked by the earthquake of December 26, 2004 with a magnitude of 9.1 off the coast of Sumatra, causing a major tsunami that had resulted in the death of 220,000 people throughout the region, for about 170,000 for the only Indonesia.

It is one of the deadliest natural disasters on record.

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