On the Indonesian island of Java, shock waves from an undersea earthquake killed at least eighteen people on November the second.
On the Indonesian island of Java, shock waves from an undersea earthquake killed at least eighteen people on November the second. Several villages were destroyed, leaving hundreds of people homeless.
SYNOPSIS: The earthquake was felt all over West and Central Java. High rise office buildings swayed on impact.
The Jakarta geophysical office said the first tremors registered six-point-four on the Richter scale, a strength which can cause severe damage in built-up areas. Hundreds of people were left homeless.
The quake itself was centred some ninety miles (140 kilometres) south of the West Java coast, in the Indian Ocean. Considerable damage was reported from the area around Jogjakarta, the old royal capital of Central Java.
Officials expected the death toll of eighteen to rise as debris was cleared. Food and medical supplies were rushed to shattered villages where more than one hundred injured people awaited treatment. Police and rescue workers reported recovering bodies form wreckage in several outlying villages. Many settlements along the coast had