5.8-magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia's Java

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Dec 08 2022 11:18 AM

People stay outside amid fears of aftershocks following an earthquake at a business area in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 8, 2022. According to Indonesia's meteorology agency (BMGK) a 5.8 magnitude quake hit southeast of Sukabumi, West Java province. The earthquake were felt in high rise buildings in the capital and forced workers to be evacuated. Mast Irham, EPA-EFE 
People stay outside amid fears of aftershocks following an earthquake at a business area in Jakarta, Indonesia, Dec. 8, 2022. According to Indonesia's meteorology agency (BMGK) a 5.8 magnitude quake hit southeast of Sukabumi, West Java province. The earthquake were felt in high rise buildings in the capital and forced workers to be evacuated. Mast Irham, EPA-EFE 

JAKARTA — A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's main island of Java on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said, less than a month after another quake in the same province killed more than 300 people.

The quake struck at 07:50 a.m. local time (8:50 a.m. in Manila) around 15 kilometers from the town of Cianjur, the USGS said.

It said there was a low likelihood of casualties or damage following the quake, which struck at a depth of 123 kilometers. 

Last month, a shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit Cianjur, triggering landslides and collapsing buildings. 

That tremor was the deadliest in the archipelago nation since a 2018 quake and resulting tsunami killed more than 4,000 people on the island of Sulawesi. 

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.

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