The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Tue, January 23, 2018
At least 116 houses in Lebak regency, Banten, were damaged by a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that jolted the coast of Lebak on Tuesday afternoon, a local official said.
"We found that the number of damaged houses increased from 105 to 116 units,” Lebak Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) head Kaprawi said on Tuesday, as reported by Antara.
Most of the damaged houses were located in Panggarangan subdistrict.
The BPBD has opened an earthquake emergency post in the event of possible fatalities.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded the quake’s center at 81 kilometers southwest of the provincial city of Leak at a depth of 10 km. No tsunami warning was issued.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recorded that at least 115 houses, one mosque, and one community health center in Banten were damaged by the earthquake, said spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
The earthquake also damaged two houses in Cianjur regency in neighboring West Java.
Six high school students in Cianjur were injured when debris from a school building fell on them, Sutopo added.
At least 10 houses, a mosque and two health centers were damaged in West Java’s Sukabumi regency.
The tremor was felt as far away as Jakarta, which is 153 km from Lebak. (ami
Earthquake leads to traffic jams in Jakarta
When a 6.1 Richter scale earthquake struck Lebak, Banten, West Java, on Tuesday afternoon, the jolt was also felt in Greater Jakarta, leading to heavy traffic in several parts of the capital. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has earlier said that the quake had a magnitude of 6.4.
The quake occurred at 1:34 p.m. and lasted less than a minute, but it prompted thousands of people in Jakarta to flee buildings, including lawmakers at the House of Representatives in Central Jakarta.
The Jakarta Post observed people at the Menteng Huis shopping area in Central Jakarta, visitors of the Maritime Museum in North Jakarta and military personnel in East Jakarta milling outside of buildings, saying the earthquake was huge.
Severe traffic jams occurred in areas such as Kuningan and Senayan in South Jakarta and on Jl. Gatot Subroto and Jl. Sudirman because workers reportedly went home earlier than usual after the earthquake.
Many workers were also seen still milling around outside their workplaces.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued a statement saying there was no any indication of an aftershock and asked residents, especially those in Lebak, not to panic. No casualties have been reported.
The earthquake did not have the potential to cause a tsunami.