Quake hits Indonesia's Java, at least one casualty

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The US Geological Survey said the quake of magnitude 6.5 was focused only 0.3 kilometre southwest of the Cipatujah area in West Java Province, very near to the land, a 91km under the seabed.

The USGS said the epicentre of the Saturday morning quake was located at a depth of 92 kilometres, about 52km south-west of Tasikmalaya.

Residents felt the quake about 190 miles away in the capital of Jakarta, where people briefly evacuated to the ground floor of their high-rises. It triggered a tsunami warning for parts of Java's coastline that was lifted about two hours later.

He posted on his Twitter page photos of people scouring collapsed buildings.

Damage was heaviest in the Tasikmalaya, Pangandaran and Ciamis regions of West Java Province near the epicenter.

In a statement, the Indonesian meteorological agency called on local authorities along the southern coast of Java to "stay alert" and "urge people to immediately evacuate".

A 62-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman were killed in building collapses, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

The natural disaster was felt across the island as Indonesian authorities reported a quake of similar magnitude offshore of Java.

Indonesia is no stranger to earthquakes of varying intensities, with the last major quake in 2004 recorded at a magnitude of 9.3, causing a massive tsunami and killing thousands.

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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