Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake jolts Indonesia

The United States Geological Survey measured the magnitude of the earthquake at 6.5. People were compelled to flee buildings in Jakarta’s capital and in adjacent Bandung.

Java island in Indonesia was the epicenter of a magnitude-6.5 earthquake on Saturday, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) of that nation.

Kawalu, an Indonesian town of 51,000 people, is the closest major town where the earthquake would have been felt. It is located 222 kilometers (138 meters) north of the epicenter. There was probably very little shaking experienced by people. 367 kilometers (228 meters) from the epicenter, in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, the earthquake was most likely felt as very mild shaking, according to Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency.

The agency warned of possible aftershocks.

Indonesia, a large archipelago nation, is subjected to regular earthquakes, due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of severe seismic activity where tectonic plates meet that spans from Japan through Southeast Asia and throughout the Pacific basin.

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake in 2022 killed at least 602 people in West Java’s Cianjur city. It was the deadliest in Indonesia since a 2018 quake and tsunami in Sulawesi killed more than 4,300 people.

In 2004, an extremely powerful Indian Ocean quake set off a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia’s Aceh province.