AT least 44 people have been killed and 700 injured after a massive earthquake rocked Indonesia’s main island of Java, officials said.

The magnitude 5.6 quake rattled the Cianjur region at a depth of 6.2 miles on Monday – and was felt 60 miles away in the capital of Jakarta.


Workers inspect a store damaged during an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia[/caption]


People injured during the quake receive medical treatment in a hospital car park in Cianjur[/caption]

“The latest data, 46 people were killed,” Herman Suherman, the head of the administration in Cianjur, told broadcaster Kompas TV.

“Victims kept coming from many areas. Around 700 people were injured.”

But Suherman warned the death toll could rise as villagers outside of the town could still be trapped.

Shops, a hospital and a boarding school in the town were severely damaged by the quake, according to local media.

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Broadcasters showed destroyed buildings in Cianjur with their roofs collapsed and debris strewn across the streets.

The earthquake was felt strongly in the greater Jakarta area as high rises in the capital swayed and hundreds of people were evacuated.

Cianjur police chief Doni Hermawan told Metro TV that emergency services had rescued a woman and a baby from a landslide – but a third person they found tragically died of their injuries.

The country’s meteorological agency warned residents to watch out for more tremors.

“We call on people to stay outside the buildings for now as there might be potential aftershocks,” head of Indonesia’s meteorological agency, Dwikorita Karnawati, told reporters.

The quake was felt strongly in the greater Jakarta area as high rises in the capital swayed and hundreds of people dashed out of buildings.

Mayadita Waluyo, a 22-year-old lawyer, described how panicked workers fled for the exits in the capital as the quake struck.

“I was working when the floor under me was shaking. I could feel the tremor clearly.

“I tried to do nothing to process what it was but it became even stronger and lasted for some time.

“I feel a bit dizzy now and my legs are also a bit cramped because I had to walk downstairs from the 14th floor.”

Indonesia sees frequent seismic and volcanic activity due to its position on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide.

A 6.2-magnitude quake that shook Sulawesi island in January last year killed more than 100 people and left thousands homeless.


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