MAGNITUDE 6.9 EARTHQUAKE SHAKES INDONESIA’S WEST JAVA

JAKARTA, Indonesia, A 6.9-magnitude earthquake, jolted Indonesia's populous West Java province, on Friday night, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency said, but no casualties or damage have been reported, so far.

The quake struck at 23:47 local time (16:47 GMT).

The epicentre was 11 km south-west of Tasikmalaya Regency, West Java province, 102 km from West Java's capital, Bandung, with a depth of 107 km in the earth.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) put the magnitude at 6.5, with a depth of 91.9 km.

The one-minute quake could be strongly felt in the country's capital, Jakarta, more than 200 kilometres north-west of the epicentre.

People rushed out of their homes, in fear, as buildings trembled in the capital.

The Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysics Agency has issued tsunami warnings, for regions off the southern coast of Java Island's West Java province, Central Java province and Yogyakarta Special Region.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," where several tectonic plates meet, making it vulnerable to frequent earthquakes.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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