Strong Earthquake Rocks Indonesia, 1 Death Confirmed

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December 15, 2017 8:23 PM

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 rocked the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and other cities on the country's island of Java late Friday, with authorities reporting at least one death.

Disaster relief officials say buildings collapsed in several western Java districts and a hospital was evacuated after suffering damage. The quake made buildings sway in Jakarta.

Authorities say a 62-year-old died in the Ciamis region in western Java after becoming trapped in a collapsed house. They say at least five other people have been reported injured.

Officials are still trying to assess damage from the quake, which struck just before midnight local time.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) southwest of the city of Tasikmalaya.

Authorities issued a tsunami warning for sections of coastline surrounding Java, which is home to more than 250 million people — more than half of Indonesia's population. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said no tsunami had been detected.

Indonesia sits on the “Ring of Fire,” a seismically active line of faults in the Pacific Ocean where many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.