Magnitude 6.5 quake shakes Indonesia's Java

Temblor shakes western parts of Java island including Jakarta, but no damage or casualties reported

Magnitude 6.5 quake shakes Indonesia's Java

World Bulletin / News Desk

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake shook western parts of Indonesia’s Java island including the capital Wednesday morning, but no tsunami warning was issued.

National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told Anadolu Agency that the epicenter was located at a depth of 654 kilometers (406 miles) in the Java Sea around 120 km northeast of the island.

"The intensity of the quake was felt moderate to weak," he said, adding that some parts of western Banten province and Jakarta were rocked for five to eight seconds.

"People in Jakarta living in multi-story buildings and apartments felt more powerful shocks."

There have been no reports of casualties or damage, according to Nugroho.

"Although the strength of the quake was large enough, this did not result in damage because the epicenter was very deep," he said.

Indonesia lies within the Pacific’s "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and cause frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

In June, a magnitude 6.5 tremor damaged buildings in western Sumatra Island, with its shocks reportedly felt in parts of Singapore and peninsular Malaysia to the north.

On Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude-9.1 earthquake struck the eastern coast of Sumatra, causing a tsunami that killed around 230,000 people as it tore along the coasts of Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

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