Banten’s 6.6M quake damages some buildings in Lebak district

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There is no fatality caused by the disaster so far.

Serang, Banten (ANTARA) – Several homes and public facilities in Lebak District, Banten Province, were damaged in a 6.6-magnitude (M) earthquake that occurred at 4.05 p.m. Western Indonesian Standard Time (WIB) on Friday.

“So far, there have been reports regarding damaged buildings, for instance, the roof collapse at Lebak 3 Islamic Senior High School (MAN) in Gunungkencana Sub-district,” Head of the Public Relations Division of Banten Regional Police Senior Commissioner Shinto Silitonga informed here on Friday.

Several houses were also damaged in Wanasalam, Cijaku, Cihara, Cibadak, and Malingping Sub-districts, he said.

Furthermore, one person was injured in a roof collapse, he added.

Lebak Resort Police are still monitoring the public situation and the impact of the disaster, he said.

There have been no reports of building damage in the jurisdictions of the Sectoral Police of Cipanas, Bojong Manik, Cimarga, Panggarangan, Bayah, Rangkasbitung, and Leuwidamar, the senior commissioner noted.

“There is no fatality caused by the disaster so far,” he added.

However, it has been estimated that a resident in Cibadak Sub-district suffered a loss of Rp50 million after her semi-permanent house collapsed, he said.

He then appealed to the public to remain calm and vigilant. People should also keep monitoring official updates on the disaster from the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), he said.

Meanwhile, the head of Banten’s Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), Nana Suryana, said that the agency is continuing to coordinate with BPBD officers in Pandeglang and Lebak Districts.

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“We are still recording the damage. We have deployed field teams,” he informed.

Meanwhile, according to the most recent update provided by the head of the emergency and logistics section of Lebak district BPBD, Agus Riza Faizal, 36 buildings, comprising residential houses and school buildings, suffered damage in the quake.

According to BMKG, the quake did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami. However, the tremors were even felt by Jakarta’s residents at Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) III-IV.

MMI III tremors can usually be felt by people indoors and feel akin to a passing truck. Meanwhile, MMI IV tremors can cause windows, doors, and walls to creak.

Related news: Jakarta BPBD teams assess likely damages to buildings following quake

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