A magnitude 5.6 quake was felt Monday morning in Indonesia, with the first reports reporting deaths and hundreds of injuries.
Local administration spokesman in Chianjur Herman Sucherman initially confirmed to Metro TV, quoted by AFP, that at least 20 people had died. In the meantime, the information has been updated to 162 deaths, confirmed by the governor of West Java in statements cited by Reuters. Most of the wounded have fractures caused by falling into the rubble. Now there will be more than 700.
In addition to direct casualties, more than thirteen thousand people were left homeless and more than two thousand houses were damaged.
The earthquake hit at 13:21 (local time, 6:21 am in Lisbon) and its epicenter was in the city of Cianjur, in the province of West Java, about 75 kilometers from Jakarta. Chanjur is one of the most densely populated regions of the country.
Several offices in the capital were also evacuated, Reuters reported on the spot. Although there is no tsunami warning, authorities continue to ask citizens to stay outside for fear of tremors.
Meanwhile, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza sent a message of condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo. According to a note published on the official website of the President of the Republic on the Internet, Marcelo Rebelo de Souza “sent a message of solidarity and sincere condolences.” The note mentions “numerous casualties” and wishes for a “speedy recovery to all the wounded.”