Scores dead as Indonesia searches for quake survivors

September 3, 2009

(ChattahBox) — At least 46 people have been confirmed dead and scores were injured since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Java, one of Indonesia’s most densely populated islands. The quake struck at a depth of about 30 miles (48km) off Java’s south coast, the US Geological Survey said, and was strong enough to be felt in the capital city of Jakarta, 125 miles away.

Some of the victims had been killed in a landslide near the southern coast of Java, the country’s main island, while others died when falling debris or structures of more than 10,000 buildings collapsed, according to local reports. Indonesian officials say heavy rescue equipment has arrived in the Javanese city of Cianjur, where many people are feared buried by a landslide.  Heavy digging equipment had not reached the remote villages, where police, military personnel and villagers are using their bare hands to try to reach survivors buried in the rubble.


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