Powerful quake strikes near Indonesia's Java island, deaths reported

Map of magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck the island of Java in Indonesia

Map of magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck the island of Java in Indonesia

A strong 6.5-magnitude quake rocked Indonesia's main island of Java, leaving at least one person dead and rattling nerves in the capital Jakarta.

Authorities issued a tsunami warning for parts of Java's coastline after the quake struck just before midnight Friday.

People in the coastal city of Cilacap evacuated as a precaution fearing a tsunami.

An 6.9-magnitude quake jolted Indonesia's populous West Java province on Friday night, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency said, but no casualties or damage have been reported so far.

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"Houses and other buildings are damaged in many areas", he said in a statement obtained by the AP.

A man assesses damage to his Java home as the 6.5 magnitude natural disaster.

The one-minute quake could be strongly felt in the country's capital Jakarta more than 200 kilometers northwest of the epicenter.

Indonesia's MetroTV said a general hospital in the central Java town of Banyumas was damaged and patients were evacuated.

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The fourth small natural disaster of the year in the Caddo area west of Decatur was recorded Thursday by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Indonesia is located on the "Pacific Ring of Fire" and has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

A US Geological Survey shake map shows the epicentre of the Java quake.

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