Connect with us


Searches after Indonesian earthquake, death toll over 160



PHOTO: The death toll has climbed after a devastating earthquake in Indonesia. (via Complex)

Searches continue for survivors of the massive earthquake in Indonesia. The death toll has now climbed to over 160 people. The quake struck in Cianjur, about 75 kilometres southeast of Jakarta, at a depth of 10 kilometres and lasted for about one minute.

The earthquake measured 5.6 on the Richter scale with the epicentre in the mountains of West Java. Some 2.5 million people inhabit the area. The governor of West Java said that they have recorded 326 injuries and 162 deaths from the significant tremor so far. The disaster mitigation agency of Indonesia still lists the number as much lower though, having not updated from yesterday’s estimate of 62 dead.

The agency’s spokesperson said searches for survivors would continue throughout the night. There are at least 25 people suspected to be still trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings. Authorities warn that the death toll from the earthquake could continue to rise as many structures have collapsed.

The disaster agency has reported that at least 2,200 homes were damaged and 5,300 people were displaced, though the government puts that number closer to 13,000 people. Many people living in rural areas have not been accounted for yet, according to the agency.

“There are residents trapped in isolated places … so we are under the assumption that the number of injured and deaths will rise with time.”

Hospitals were still being filled with ambulances arriving all night, and more people were being treated in the hospital parking lot with an emergency tent setup. Displaced people were being moved to different evacuation centres around the area. Many locals simply laid mats on the ground or in tents in open spaces after all the buildings nearby had crumbled to nothing.

Many details are still emerging as communication is hampered by damages from the earthquake. Electricity was knocked out, and landslides isolated some areas, blocking the roads to evacuate residents. And there may be more problems ahead. The governor reported 88 aftershocks so far and if heavy rains hit, the national weather service predicts the ground will give way to more landslides.

The earthquake was relatively shallow, just 10 kilometres under the land surface. Damage is still being assessed as narratives from locals describe walls crumbling around them and parents searching the rubble of their homes for missing children.

Indonesia sits in the infamous “Pacific Ring of Fire” where the earth’s plates meet and rub together, causing volcanoes and earthquakes frequently. In 2004, the Boxing Day tsunami that killed 226,000 people in 14 countries was triggered by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake off Indonesia’s Sumatra Island.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand1 hour ago

Why Pattaya? Is Pattaya worth visiting in 2023?

Transport1 hour ago

Thai Airways appoint new CEO

Crime2 hours ago

Private jet in ‘Tuhao’ case still flying free

Sponsored1 day ago

Where you can get cannabis in Bangkok

Thailand18 hours ago

Thailand News Today | FIFA threatens to pull plug on World Cup broadcast rights in Thailand

Press Room18 hours ago

Iconic chef “Alain DUCASSE” returns to Bangkok for 3rd anniversary celebrations of Blue by Alain Ducasse

Koh Samui19 hours ago

VIDEO: Naked Russian man walks around with erection in Koh Samui

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand19 hours ago

Druggie arrested after inviting netizens to take crystal meth

Events19 hours ago

E-San Music Festival draws thousands to northeast Thailand this weekend

Travel19 hours ago

Where to go in Thailand in December

Entertainment19 hours ago

Two lucky Thaiger readers get to spend An Evening with Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne

World Cup19 hours ago

Somewhere over the rainbow lie Qatar’s homosexuality laws

Thailand19 hours ago

Man savaged to death by his pet wild boar

Thailand20 hours ago

14 computer hackers arrested for spamming over 115 govt sites with gambling ads

Transport20 hours ago

F35 fighter jets head RTAF wish list

Bangkok20 hours ago

Murdered transwoman thrown into canal ‘still alive’ in central Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11