Two earthquakes jolt Indonesia in one day

A previous quake in Java triggered landslides and collapsed buildings, killing more than 300 people



A man sifts through the rubble of a collapsed house in Cugenang, Cianjur on November 23, 2022, following a 5.6-magnitude earthquake on November 21. Photo: AFP
A man sifts through the rubble of a collapsed house in Cugenang, Cianjur on November 23, 2022, following a 5.6-magnitude earthquake on November 21. Photo: AFP

By AFP

Published: Thu 8 Dec 2022, 10:00 AM

Last updated: Thu 8 Dec 2022, 10:01 AM

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia's main island of Java on Thursday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, less than a month after another quake in the same province killed more than 300 people.

The quake struck at 7.50am local time around 15km from the town of Cianjur, the USGS said.

It said there was a low likelihood of casualties or damage following the quake, which struck at a depth of 123km.

The USGS later reported a 5.5 magnitude earthquake, which struck Abepura, a city located in Indonesia's Papua province. This quake was 37.4km below the earth's surface.

Last month, a shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit Cianjur, triggering landslides and collapsing buildings.

That tremor was the deadliest in the archipelago nation since a 2018 quake and resulting tsunami killed more than 4,000 people on the island of Sulawesi.

Indonesia experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide.

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