Powerful earthquake kills 34 in Indonesia, dozens feared buried

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    Powerful earthquake kills 34 in Indonesia, dozens feared buried

    CIANJUR, Indonesia (CNN) -- Rescue workers late Wednesday were trying to clear the road into this Indonesian town after a major earthquake triggered a landslide, trapping residents inside their homes.

    The 7.0-magnitude tremor jolted the Indonesian island of Java earlier in the day, killing at least 34 people and injuring more than 300, according to Indonesian Health Ministry official Rustam Pakaya. Another 40 are missing and possibly trapped, he said.

    The landslide buried at least 11 homes where 32 people live in the town of Cianjur, local officials told CNN's Andy Saputra.

    "They're sending in heavy machinery and working all through the night to get this rescue under way," Saputra said.

    The quake struck shortly before 3 p.m. (4 a.m. ET). Its epicenter was located offshore about 190 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of Jakarta, according the U.S. Geological Survey. The center was about 50 kilometers (31 miles) deep. A tsunami watch went into effect but quickly expired.

    The brunt of the temblor struck the West Java province, including Cianjur, located about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of Jakarta. The quake also damaged buildings and cut off electricity to Tasikmalaya, a mountainous city about 115 kilometers (70 miles) northeast of the epicenter, according to a witness named Maya. Residents panicked when the quake struck, running into the streets where they stayed hours later -- fearing an aftershock.

    "The extent of the damage is pretty spread out, because this powerful earthquake was felt from the west coast of Java all the way to the east coast," said Saputra, who felt the 7.0-magnitude temblor in the capital city of Jakarta.

    The earthquake rocked high-rise buildings in Jakarta, prompting a mass evacuation in the capital's central business district.

    "I was on the 13th floor of our office building, and you know we could feel the building (shake) from left to right," Saputra said. "We all ran to the fire escape and escaped from there."

    Beth Kolko was on the 13th floor of an office building in Jakarta when she felt the quake.

    "It seemed pretty mild at first," said Kolko, a professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. "Then it got very intense, very quickly."

    The building began to swing "pretty hard," triggering panic and sending people crowding into the stairwell, she said.

    "I stayed in the office up against the wall ... trying to decide whether to make a run for the stairwell or wait it out, and I waited it out," she said.

    But when the swaying didn't stop, she said, she decided to make a run for it.

    "A lot of people were streaming down, you could hear people praying," she said.

    Indonesia is no stranger to major earthquakes. It is located on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of fault lines circling the Pacific Basin that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

    In 2004, an earthquake measuring at least 9.0 in magnitude struck off the coast of the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island, triggering a major tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed more than 200,000 people in 11 countries. iReport.com: Swimming pool shakes during quake

    About three weeks ago, a series of earthquakes -- ranging in magnitude from 4.7 to 6.7 -- struck off the western coast of Sumatra. At least seven people were injured and one building collapsed.

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    Powerful Indonesian quake kills 32; dozens injured

    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 a working 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 pm (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.
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    Dec 26, 2004 - More than 170,000 Indonesians are killed or listed missing after a 9.15 magnitude earthquake off Indonesia's Aceh province on Sumatra triggers a tsunami. The toll in affected Indian Ocean countries reaches 230,000 dead.

    March 28, 2005 - Nearly 1,000 are believed killed after a quake of magnitude 8.7 hits the coast of Sumatra.

    Sept 5, 2005 - Domestic airliner operated by local carrier Mandala Airlines crashes in a residential area of Indonesia's third-biggest city Medan, killing 102 aboard and 47 residents in an inferno on the ground.

    May 27, 2006 - Earthquake rocks area around ancient royal city of Yogyakarta killing at least 5,000 and destroying or damaging 150,000 homes.

    July 17, 2006 - A tsunami after a 7.7 magnitude quake in West Java province kills at least 550 people. At least 54,000 people are displaced.

    Dec 30, 2006 - A ferry with at least 600 aboard sinks during a storm as it travels between Borneo and Java. About 250 survivors are eventually found in the days after the accident.

    Jan 1, 2007 - An Adam Air passenger plane flying from Surabaya to Manado with 102 people aboard crashes into the sea off the west coast of Sulawesi.

    March 6, 2007 - Two strong earthquakes kill at least 72 people and injure dozens in the West Sumatra provincial capital of Padang.

    March 7, 2007 - Twenty-three people are killed after a passenger jet of national carrier Garuda Airlines overshoots the runway and bursts into flames on landing in the cultural capital of Yogyakarta.

    Jan 11, 2009 - Nearly 250 people missing after a ferry travelling from Pare-Pare on the west coast of Sulawesi to the city of Samarinda capsizes due to bad weather.
     

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