6.1-magnitude quake hits Indonesia’s Java: USGS

January 26, 2014 - 5:05:43 am
JAKARTA:  A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia’s main island of Java yesterday, the US Geological Survey reported, sending panicked residents running from their homes. 

People in the town of Adipala said they felt the ground shaking hard for up to 20 seconds, as the quake struck in the sea off the coast of southern Java.  “We all just ran onto the street, there were so many people,” Astri, a florist who goes by one name, said by phone from her flower shop.

The quake struck at 12:14pm 39 kilometres south-southeast of Adipala at a depth of 83 kilometres, the USGS said.

Indonesian officials said there was no risk of a tsunami and no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

“We don’t expect a lot of damage because the quake was deep, but we will monitor as it was felt quite strongly on the coast near the epicentre,” meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency technical chief Suharjono said.             AFP