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Earthquake kills one in Indonesia

YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA (AP) – A strong undersea earthquake shook parts of Indonesia’s densely populated main island of Java, causing panic on Friday as it killed at least one person, injured two others and damaged dozens of houses.

The United States Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.8 quake was centred 84 kilometres (km) southwest of Bambanglipuro, a village in Bantul regency of the special province of Yogyakarta. It occurred at a depth of 86km.

Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari said a 67-year-old woman in Bantul died when she fell while fleeing in panic and at least two other residents were unjured.

The quake damaged at least 93 houses as well as other buildings, such as schools, health centres, houses of worship and government facilities, in Yogyakarta and its neighbouring provinces of Central Java and East Java, Muhari said.

Television reports showed local residents in Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces panicking as houses and buildings swayed for several seconds.

A villager shows his damaged house at Pacarejo village in Gunung Kidul regency, Indonesia. PHOTO: AFP
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