JAKARTA: Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) chief Doni Monardo said Friday’s magnitude 6.9 earthquake had killed 4 people and damaged around 200 houses in the country’s affected areas.
The 6.9-magnitude quake hit at 7:03 p.m. (6:03 p.m. in Manila), with the epicenter at 7.54 degrees south latitude and 104.58 degrees east longitude at a depth of 10 kilometers (km.) The epicenter was located 147 km southwest of Sumur district in Banten province’s Pandeglang regency.
“We will continue to monitor the damages caused by the earthquake on the hourly basis.
At least 200 houses were damaged and four people killed so far in the quake,” Doni was quoted as saying by local media while visiting the affected areas.
He said residents evacuated to shelters were returning homes.
Indonesian authorities have scaled down Friday’s quake to 6.9 magnitude from initial 7.4 magnitude.