February 9, 2023

Filipino Guardian

Sentinels of Filipino Free Press

Earthquake shakes buildings in Indonesian capital

An earthquake on Monday rocked buildings in Indonesia’s capital, according to AFP reporters, although there were no immediate reports of damage.

The quake had a magnitude of 5.4 and occurred near towns south of Jakarta, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency previously said the quake had a magnitude of 5.6 and struck near Cianjur, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Jakarta.

There were no reports of casualties or major damage in the capital, where people stormed out of buildings.

Mayadita Waluyo, a 22-year-old lawyer, described how panicked workers ran to the exits of her building when the quake struck.

“I worked when the ground shook beneath me. I could clearly feel the shaking. I tried not to do anything to process what it was, but it got worse and lasted for a while,” she said.

“I’m a bit dizzy now and my legs are a bit cramped as well because I had to go down from the 14th floor.”

AFP journalists working in its Jakarta office tower have also been told to evacuate the building.

Indonesia is subject to frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where tectonic plates collide. —Agence France-Presse