Indonesian Earthquake
Indonesian Earthquake

End Times News Update
Sign: Earthquake
Scripture: Matthew 24:7
News Source: AP
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Powerful Indonesian quake kills 32; dozens injured

Sep 2, 10:40 AM (ET)
By ANTHONY DEUTSCH

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – A powerful earthquake rattled southern
Indonesia on Wednesday, killing at least 32 people crushed by falling
rock or collapsed buildings and sending thousands fleeing outdoors for
safety in the middle of the work day.

Hospitals quickly filled with scores of injured people after the
magnitude 7.0 quake struck off the southern coast of the main island
of Java, where most of Indonesia’s 235 million people live. The death
toll was expected to rise.

“The earthquake was shaking everything in my house very strongly for
almost a minute,” said Heni Maryani, a resident in the town of
Sukabumi. “I grabbed my children and ran out, I saw people were in
panic, women were screaming and children were crying.”

Disaster officials said hundreds of homes and buildings had collapsed
or were severely damaged in three districts in densely populated West
Java. The worst report of fatalities was from a village in Cianjur
district, where about 30 people were still believed trapped under
rocks and dirt, the official Antara news agency reported.

A tsunami warning was issued after the quake struck at 2:55 p.m. (0755
GMT, 3:55 a.m. EDT), but revoked an hour later.

Muharaham Ardan, a university lecturer in the town of Tasikmalaya,
about 70 miles (115 kilometers) from the epicenter, said it was the
biggest quake he had ever felt.

“We all ran out in panic, we didn’t even put our sandals on,” he said.
“The neighbors were shouting: ‘Get out of the house! Get out of the
house!'”

Social Affairs Ministry official Mardi said more than 700 houses and
buildings were badly damaged and at least 32 people had died. The
disaster management agency reported deaths in the districts of
Cianjur, Tasikmalaya and Sukabumi in West Java.

Antara reported that 12 families, or about 30 people, were trapped in
houses buried by the landslide in Rawa Hideung village, Cianjur
district. Six bodies had been recovered and the fate of many others
was unknown, a resident, Agus Sobandi, was quoted as saying.

“Most of them are housewives and children who were playing PlayStation
in a buried house,” Entang Kurniawan, another resident, told
broadcaster TVOne.

Fifi, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said he saw at least
20 houses collapse in his village of Pameungpek. Some villagers were
slightly injured, but all his family members were safe.

“Residents here are still staying outside. We are afraid of
aftershocks,” he said.

The quake was felt over roughly half of Java island. In the capital,
Jakarta, 120 miles (190 kilometers) from the epicenter, panicked
office workers ran onto the streets.

Health Ministry Crisis Center chief Rustam Pakaya said at least 27
people were admitted to hospital in Jakarta and the number of injured
was rising.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the underwater quake was magnitude 7.0
and had a depth of about 30 miles (50 kilometers).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was powerful enough
to cause a local tsunami, but there were no immediate reports of high
waves. “Sea level readings indicate a significant tsunami was not
generated,” the center later said in a statement retracting the alert.

Indonesia, a vast archipelago, straddles continental plates and is
prone to seismic activity along what is known as the Pacific Ring of
Fire. A huge quake off western Indonesia caused a powerful tsunami in
December 2004 that killed around 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

Source: AP / My Way News
URL:
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090902/D9AF87O00.html

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