Indonesia's Capital Shaken by Preliminary 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake

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A moderate earthquake has rattled portions of Indonesia's primary island of Java, including the nation's capital.

On Sunday night, a moderate earthquake rattled regions of Indonesia's primary island, Java, including the capital city. No damage or injuries have been reported thus far.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the shallow earthquake measured a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 and struck at a depth of 37.2 kilometers (23.11 miles) beneath the surface. Its epicenter was located 80 kilometers (29 miles) west-southwest of Pelabuhanratu, a coastal town in West Java province.

Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency recorded a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 for the earthquake, with a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). Discrepancies in initial quake measurements are typical.

According to Daryono, the head of the Earthquake and Tsunami Center at the agency, the quake was strongly felt in numerous cities and villages, leading to panic among some residents.

Daryono, who, like many Indonesians, is known by a single name, assured that there was no tsunami threat but cautioned about potential aftershocks.

Tall buildings in Jakarta experienced swaying for several seconds, while even two-story homes shook strongly in the provincial capital of West Java, Bandung, as well as in Jakarta's satellite cities of Bogor and Bekasi.

Earthquakes are a common occurrence throughout Indonesia's vast archipelago, although it's unusual for them to be felt in Jakarta.

As a seismically active nation with a population of 270 million people, Indonesia is prone to seismic activity due to its position on major geological faults, notably the Pacific "Ring of Fire."

Last year, a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in West Java's Cianjur city resulted in the deaths of at least 602 people. This event was the deadliest in Indonesia since the 2018 earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, which claimed the lives of more than 4,300 individuals.

In 2004, an exceptionally powerful earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a devastating tsunami that claimed the lives of over 230,000 individuals across a dozen countries, with the majority of casualties occurring in Indonesia's Aceh province.