Warga Ciamis, 62, Tewas Akibat Gempa Tasikmalaya

One Person Confirmed Dead after Strong Earthquake Rocked Indonesia`s Main Island

Editor : Ismail Gani
Translator : Novita Cahyadi


Warga Ciamis, 62, Tewas Akibat Gempa TasikmalayaFoto: MailOnline

SEDIKITNYA satu orang tewas akibat gempa bumi di wilayah selatan Provinsi Jawa Barat - dan sempat memicu kekhawatiran akan tsunami.

Pihak berwenang mengeluarkan peringatan untuk gelombang besar di sepanjang bagian garis pantai Jawa setelah gempa tersebut terjadi pada Sabtu dini hari.

Warga berlarian ke luar rumah di sepanjang pesisir pantai selatan Jawa Barat dan tayangan televisi menayangkan lalu lintas mendadak padat di tengah malam ketika warga mengungsi ke tempat yang lebih tinggi lantaran khawatir tsunami.

Juru bicara Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho mengatakan seorang pria berusia 62 tahun dipastikan tewas di wilayah Ciamis, Jawa bagian barat.

Pejabat tersebut juga mengatakan ada laporan tentang lebih banyak kematian dan luka-luka di wilayah yang sama.

Dan laporan lebih lanjut menyebutkan bahwa bangunan runtuh di kota Tasikmalaya di Jawa Barat dan di beberapa kabupaten di Jawa bagian barat.

'Rumah dan bangunan lainnya rusak di banyak tempat,' katanya dalam sebuah pernyataan.

Survei Geologi A.S. mengatakan bahwa gempa tersebut memiliki magnitude 6,5 dan kedalamannya sekitar 56 mil dan terletak di pedalaman.

Sutopo mengatakan getaran kuat dirasakan sekitar 20 detik di Jakarta dan kota-kota di sekitarnya.

Tayangan tivi berita mengatakan sebuah rumah sakit umum di kota Banyumas di Jawa tengah rusak dan pasien dievakuasi.

Indonesia berada di 'Cincin Api Pasifik' dan sering mengalami gempa bumi dan letusan gunung berapi seperti dilansir MailOnline.

AT LEAST one person has died after a powerful earthquake struck Indonesia — sparking fears of a tsunami.

Authorities issued a warning for large waves 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.

Nugroho said strong tremors were felt for about 20 seconds in the capital of Jakarta and in cities and villages.

Indonesia's MetroTV said a general hospital in the central Java town of Banyumas was damaged and patients were evacuated.

The country sits on the 'Pacific Ring of Fire' and has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.