A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the island of Java in Indonesia on Friday, the US Seismological Institute (USGS) said.
The earthquake occurred at 9:05 a.m. GMT at a depth of 37 km, southwest of Java, according to the USGS.
No tsunami warning was issued, and no casualties or damage were initially reported, but the earthquake shook buildings in Jakarta, AFP journalists said.
In the capital, hundreds of people fled the buildings and waited in the streets after the earthquake, according to an AFP journalist on the spot.
“I was working at home and I noticed that my laptop was moving … then the door and the hanging objects started to swing making noise”, told AFP Latifa, 25 years old, a resident of Jakarta.
“I found my roommate who was in the bathroom and we fled the apartment. People were rushing up the emergency stairs, ”she continued.
Indonesia regularly experiences earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’, where tectonic plates meet.
The archipelago remains marked by the earthquake of December 26, 2004 with a magnitude of 9.1 off the coast of Sumatra, which caused a gigantic tsunami and resulted in the death of 220,000 people across the region, including about 170,000 for Indonesia alone.
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