Deadly quake strikes Indonesian island of Java

Patients taken outside hospital in central Java town after quake strikes island

The quake struck at 11.47pm yesterday and triggered a tsunami warning for parts of Java's coastline, with the warning lasting about two hours. Earthquakes can cause moderate damage when they approach 4 in magnitude.

A strong 6.5 natural disaster rocked southern Indonesia near the island of Java late in the evening of December 15, the US Geological Survey said, prompting panic among people including in the capital Jakarta. Picture: APPicture: APCamera IconMotorists are stuck in traffic as they try to reach higher ground amid fears of a tsunami, following an natural disaster in Cilacap, Central Java.

A strong quake hit Indonesia late Friday, authorities said.

The one-minute quake could be strongly felt in the country's capital Jakarta more than 200 kilometers northwest of the epicenter.

A traffic jam of scooters packs a road as the headlights shine in the darkness
Deadly quake strikes Indonesian island of Java

Indonesia's MetroTV reported that a general hospital in the central Java town of Banyumas was damaged in the quake and patients had to evacuated from the building. People rushed out of their homes in fear as buildings trembled in the capital. "We then realised it was a quake and immediately ran downstairs", the 50-year-old told AFP.

There were also reports of structural damage from the tremor.

The Bureau of Meterology said there was no tsunami threat to Australia.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire" where several tectonic plates meet, making it vulnerable to frequent earthquakes.

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