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Damage across Java after quake

JAKARTA (ANN/THE JAKARTA POST) – Sunday saw a total of 240 houses sustaining damage following a magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck Batang regency and Pekalongan city in Central Java. 

Fortunately, there were no reported fatalities, although 13 individuals were injured in the incident.

In response to the disaster, the Batang regency administration has implemented a seven-day emergency response period.

The earthquake also inflicted harm on eight administrative office buildings, 15 schools, five places of worship, and a traditional market.

Efforts on Monday by disaster response teams involved the clearance of debris from affected buildings across three districts. On Tuesday, activities focused on distributing both food and non-food aid to affected residents, alongside providing essential health services.

This recent seismic event follows an April occurrence when a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck off Java Island’s southwestern coast, its epicentre located approximately 150 kilometres from Garut, West Java.

In that instance, at least four individuals were injured in the regency, and several buildings sustained damage. The tremors were felt in Jakarta, prompting building evacuations, as well as in Bandung, West Java.

Indonesia, situated along the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, frequently experiences earthquakes due to intense seismic activity caused by colliding tectonic plates spanning from Japan, across Southeast Asia, and throughout the Pacific basin.

Disaster response workers clear debris of damaged houses in Batang, Central Java, on July 8, 2024, following a magnitude 4.4 earthquake the day before. PHOTO: ANN/THE JAKARTA POST SOURCE