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Earthquake on Indonesia Coast kills 4

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Source: New Straits Times

The Latest on an earthquake in Indonesia (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Indonesian authorities reported that a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Java island has claimed the lives of 4 people and has reportedly damaged around 200 houses swaying buildings as far away as the capital.

The U.S. Geological Survey claims Friday night’s quake was centered 151 kilometers (94 miles) from Banten province off the island’s southwest coast.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency’s spokesman, Agus Wibowo, claimed that around 4 people lost their lives while fleeing towards safety in panic in Banten and West Java and 4 more were injured. He also claimed that around 223 houses were damaged mostly in Banten’s Pandeglang region. A deadly tsunami had  struck that region in the dark last December.

Indonesia is an earthquake and volcanic eruption prone region because of its nearness to the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.

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10:45 a.m.

Indonesian authorities have reported that one person has died of a heart attack and more 100 houses are damaged following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Java island, swaying buildings as far away as the capital.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that a woman died of a heart attack while fleeing to safety in Pecangsari, the village closest to the epicenter. Four people have been injured.

The agency further reported that around 113 houses and buildings were damaged and about 1,050 people took to temporary shelters. TV footage showed several houses and buildings in Banten and West Java provinces, including a sport stadium and hospitals, suffered minor damages.