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Indonesia’s strong quake leaves at least one dead, nine wounded


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Jakarta: One person was killed and at least nine others were injured after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake has destroyed over 100 houses and infrastructure facilities in Yogyakarta province and its nearby provinces, officials said Saturday.

A release issued by the quick response unit of disaster management and mitigation agency of Yogyakarta province on Saturday said that one person was dead in Bantul district, nine others suffered wounds in the districts of Bantul, Gunung Kidul, Sleman and Kulon Progo.

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake, revised from 6.4-magnitude, struck off Indonesia’s western province of Yogyakarta on Friday evening at 19:57 p.m. Jakarta time (1257 GMT), with its epicenter located at 86 km northwest of Bantul district and a depth of 25 km under the seabed, the country’s meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency said.

The tremors destroyed at least 102 houses at the damage level of minor and moderate in Yogyakarta and the provinces of Central Java and East Java, Abdul Muhari, spokesman of the national disaster management and mitigation agency, said on Saturday in a text message.

The tremors also damaged school and office buildings, religious and health facilities, the spokesman said.

More than 44 aftershocks followed the main shock, according to Daryono, head of the quake and tsunami mitigation division of the Indonesian meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency, in a text message on Saturday.


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