Devastating Earthquake Rocks Java in Indonesia
Indonesia’s main island of Java was rocked by a 6.0 earthquake about 2 p.m. local time on Saturday. It was also felt on the resort island of Bali. It killed at least seven people. It was the second disaster to strike the nation in a week’s time. Indonesia’s earthquake and tsunami warning center said that the undersea quake did not have the potential to cause a tsunami. However, people were warned to stay away from slopes of soil or rocks that have the potential for landslides. This disaster followed an earlier one in the week: a downpour triggered by Tropical Cyclone Seroja killed at least 165 people and damaged thousands of homes.
Indonesia is a vast archipelago of 270 million people and is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because it sits on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Ocean. One of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history occurred on 26 December, 2004, when a 9.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra. It triggered a tsunami that killed 220,000 people, including 170,000 in Indonesia.
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