2 killed as earthquake hits Indonesia’s Java island

At least two people were killed and seven injured in house collapses after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit the southern part of Java at 11.47 pm on Friday.

The two dead were Dede Lutfi, 62, of Ciamis and Aminah, 80, of Pekalongan.

Dozens of houses and public facilities were destroyed in the cities of Pangandaran, Tasikmalaya, Ciamis, Banjar, Garut, Cilacap, Kebumen, Pekalongan, Banyumas, Brebes and Banjarnegara, according to a statement released by National Disaster Mitigation Agency.  A hospital in the central Java town of Banyumas was damaged and patients were evacuated.

The late night quake rattled several coastal residents who ran out of their homes to escape collapsing walls.  Authorities issued a tsunami warning which was lifted two hours later.

Indonesian TV channels showed jammed roads in coastal cities as people began to flee.

Strong tremors were felt for about 20 seconds in Jakarta.

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

Indonesia sits on the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.