Indian Ocean Quake Shakes Indonesia’s Capital


The U. S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude quake measuring 6.6 located in the Indian Ocean, rocked parts of Indonesia’s main island of Java on Friday. At least 257 buildings and houses were damaged as people fled to the streets for safety. No loss of lives were reported. The capital Jakarta was badly shaken. Earthquakes occur frequently across the sprawling archipelago nation, but it is uncommon for them to be felt in Jakarta.

Dwikorita Karnawati, head of Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, said there was no danger of a tsunami but warned of possible aftershocks.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on major geological faults known as the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”