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At Least 56 Dead, Hundreds Hurt In Indon Quake

A 5.6-magnitude earthquake killed at least 56 people and wounded hundreds in Indonesia's West Java province on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, with rescuers trying to reach survivors trapped under the rubble as aftershocks hit, Reuters reported.


Photo Insert: West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil confirmed 56 deaths from the quake, whose epicenter was the town of Cianjur, about 75 km (45 miles) southeast of the capital, Jakarta.



West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil confirmed 56 deaths from the quake, whose epicenter was the town of Cianjur, about 75 km (45 miles) southeast of the capital, Jakarta.


The national disaster agency (BNPB), whose data lagged behind local officials on the ground on Monday, told a news conference up to 700 people had been injured and more than 300 homes damaged or destroyed. A magnitude 6.1 quake also hit Japan in the afternoon.



Electricity was down in the area and disrupting communications efforts, Herman Suherman, a government official from Cianjur, said, adding that people in the area of Cugenang were unable to evacuate because a landslide blocked their escape.


Footage from news channel Metro TV showed what appeared to be hundreds of victims being treated in one hospital parking lot and some buildings in Cianjur reduced almost entirely to rubble as worried residents huddled outside.


Other TV channels showed victims hooked up to intravenous drips and being treated on the sidewalk.



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