The 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Cianjur town in West Java, Indonesia and people were rushed to hospital.


A shallow 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Cianjur town in West Java and killed at least 56 people and injured hundreds.

The quake struck about 75 km southeast of the capital Jakarta, and at a shallow depth of 10 km (six miles), according to the US Geological Survey data.

56 people killed and over 700 sustained injuries after a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck the main Indonesian island of Java. After the quake people were rushed to hospital in Cianjur.

The earthquake was centred in the Cianjur region of West Java for several seconds on Monday afternoon. As per the official confirmation thousands of houses could have been damaged due to the earthquake.

The rescuers are working at night to rescue if there are other lives trapped in buildings that are damaged.

The area where the quake took place is densely populated and prone to landslides. The local media confirmed that 56 people had died and thousands injured and the number likely to increase as there are a lot of people still trapped after the quake happened Monday afternoon.

According to the footage of AFP, locals are helping victims struck in the building and rushed to hospital. The Governor, Kamil, said some of the road access was cut off due to landslides and bulldozers had been used to open them up.

According to the report of Indonesian media shops, a hospital and an Islamic boarding school had been damaged in Cianjur region.

As per the agency report, office workers had been rushed off the building when the quake started at 13:21 Western Indonesian time (WIT) on Monday.