At least 46 people have been killed and more than 700 injured after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia's main island of Java for a few seconds on Monday afternoon. "There are 46 dead people at the Cianjur regional hospital and around 700 injured people. Many were hurt because they were hit by collapsed buildings," Associated Press quoted National Disaster Mitigation Agency chief Suharyanto as saying.
Monday's earthquake hit land in Cianjur, about 75 km southeast of the capital Jakarta, and at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), the Meteorological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) said, adding that there was no tsunami potential. In a statement, the national disaster agency said several houses and an Islamic boarding school in the area were damaged as officials continued to assess the full extent of the damage.
Footage from Metro TV showed some buildings in Cianjur almost completely reduced to rubble as worried residents huddled outside. Muchlis, who was in Cianjur when the quake struck, said he felt "huge tremors" and the walls and ceiling of his office building were damaged. Within two hours of the earthquake, 25 aftershocks were recorded, the BMKG said.
In the capital, Jakarta, some people evacuated offices in the central business district, while others reported feeling buildings shake and seeing furniture move, Reuters witnesses said. Indonesia straddles the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire", a highly seismically active zone where different plates on the Earth's crust meet to create a large number of earthquakes and volcanoes.