‘Deadly’ Indonesia 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocks tourist hotspot and triggers tsunami warning

A EARTHQUAKE has struck the capital of Indonesia with reports of deaths and collapsed buildings.

A tsunami warning was issued after the 6.5magnitude quake hit Jakarta and other cities in the country's most populated island, Java.


The quake struck just before midnight local time today with people fleeing in panic as television screens showed heavy traffic on routes away from coastal areas.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre moved to reassure people saying that although warning systems had been activated, no tsunami had been detected.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told Associated Press that deaths had been reported but could not immediately provide details.

He also revealed that buildings had collapsed in the city of Tasikmalaya and several western Java districts.


Nugroho said strong tremors were felt for about 20 seconds in the capital of Jakarta.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 and was about 91 kilometers deep.

Indonesia sits on the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

More to follow.

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