Deadly quake collapses buildings in Java

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A powerful 6.5 magnitude natural disaster on Friday rocked the Indonesian capital Jakarta and other cities on the country's most populous island of Java, killing one person.

There was no immediate indication of a tsunami, but authorities said they had issued a warning following the tremor, which struck a coastal region some 300 kilometres from the capital. Picture: APPicture: APCamera IconMotorists are stuck in traffic as they try to reach higher ground amid fears of a tsunami, following an quake in Cilacap, Central Java.

He said buildings collapsed and were damaged in several cities and towns of central and western Java. Picture: AFP.Picture: AFPCamera IconThe 6.5 magnitude natural disaster triggering a tsunami warning for parts of the main island's coastline.

"Houses and other buildings are damaged in many areas", he said in a statement.

A traffic jam of scooters packs a road as the headlights shine in the darkness
Deadly quake collapses buildings in Java

The USGS said the epicenter of the 6.5 magnitude quake was located at a depth of 92 km (57 miles), about 52 km southwest of Tasikmalaya.

Indonesian authorities reported a quake of similar magnitude off the shores of Java.

Officials initially warned local residents of a potential tsunami as the first quake was followed by another a few seconds apart, roughly in the same location, but the tsunami alert was later cancelled, the country's meteorology agency announced.

Some damages have been reported from some cities in the southern parts of the island, according to Sutopo.

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