One person confirmed dead and more deaths expected after 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocks Indonesia less than a mile from a coastal town, sparking tsunami fears

Friday, December 15, 2017
By Paul Martin

Strong earthquake rocked Indonesia’s main island sparking fears of a tsunami
National disaster mitigation agency said there are reports of damaged homes
People in coastal city of Cilcap evacuated as precaution over tsunami fears

15 December 2017

At least one person has died after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia β€” sparking fears of a tsunami.

Authorities issued a warning for large wages along parts of Java’s coastline after the quake struck earlier this evening.

People fled in panic from buildings along coastal areas and Indonesian television showed heavy traffic on roads as people left coastal areas.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said a 62-year-old man was confirmed dead in the Ciamis region of western Java.

The official also said there were reports of more deaths and of injuries in the same region.

And there are further reports that buildings had collapsed in the city of Tasikmalaya in western Java and in several western Java districts.

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

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 and was about 56 miles deep and located just inland.

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