A strong 6.5-magnitude natural disaster rocked Indonesia's main island of Java late yesterday, leaving at least one person dead and rattling nerves in the capital Jakarta.
The center of the temblor was situated in the town of Cipatujah, about 190 miles away from Jakarta, the U.S.
People living in some flats in Jakarta ran into panic or were asked to evacuate when the quake also shook the capital.
An quake recorded at 7.3 magnitude on the Richter scale shook Tasikmalaya, West Java late Friday evening, killing at least one person, local media reported.
Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster agency, said at least one person had been killed, several homes damaged and a hospital evacuated. Picture: AFP.Picture: AFPCamera IconThe 6.5 magnitude quake triggering a tsunami warning for parts of the main island's coastline. He posted photos of people scouring collapsed buildings.
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He said strong tremors were felt for about 20 seconds in the capital of Jakarta and in cities and villages in western and central Java.
"Suddenly, we felt dizzy, but constantly".
The Indonesian meteorology agency said the quake occurred at 11:47 p.m. local time, 105 kilometers underwater with an epicenter 43 kilometers southwest of the city of Tasikmalaya. People rushed out of their homes in fear as buildings trembled.
The Bureau of Meterology said there was no tsunami threat to Australia.
Indonesia is located on the "Pacific Ring of Fire" and has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.