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Powerful earthquake claims lives in Indonesia

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Powerful earthquake claims lives in Indonesia


At least 15 people have been killed and more than 5,000 others have been forced to evacuate their homes after a powerful earthquake struck Indonesia’s main island, Java.

Geologists say the quake was of magnitude seven with a relatively deep epicentre 50 kilometers below the Earth’s surface. Dozens of buildings were destroyed in towns near the epicentre, while in the capital Jakarta, 200 kilometers further north, buildings shook, sending hundreds of workers hurrying out of offices. Tsunami warnings were issued in coastal areas immediately after the earthquake but have now been withdrawn.
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