Major earthquake hits Indonesia


An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering a small tsunami and causing panic in some cities.

The quake hit 195 kilometers (120 miles) south-southeast of Jakarta around 3 p.m. local time at a depth of 50 kilometers, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its website.

People fled shopping centers and were evacuated from office towers in Jakarta as buildings swayed violently for at least a minute. There were accounts that houses had collapsed in villages south of Bandung, West Java, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Three weeks ago, a series of earthquakes struck off the western coast of Sumatra. At least seven people were injured and one building collapsed in Padang City, officials said.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheavals due to its location on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire“, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.