A fatal earthquake in Indonesia
Islam News – At least 162 people were dead after a powerful earthquake struck Java, Indonesia’s main island, yesterday. Hundreds more were injured. Officials expect the death toll to rise sharply — many people are trapped under damaged buildings or in landslides.
Damage from the 5.6-magnitude quake prevented many people from reaching the main hospital in ambulances. Instead, injured people reportedly arrived on motorbikes. Here’s a video of the damage.
The hospital itself was damaged and lost power. The government erected tents outside to treat injured people, and others were being treated in smaller hospitals nearby. “This is overwhelming,” a government official told reporters.
Context: The district where the quake struck, Cianjur, is one of Indonesia’s most disaster-prone areas. It suffers frequent floods, landslides and droughts as well as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
History: Indonesia lies on the “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines along the Pacific Basin. An earthquake off Sumatra in 2004 caused a tsunami that killed nearly 230,000 people, more than half of whom were in Indonesia.
Source: The New York Times