Hundreds of houses damaged by the earthquake in Java

At least three people were injured and hundreds of houses damaged by an earthquake of magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale, which occurred on Sunday in the western part of the main Indonesian island of Java, given to the national media.

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As RIA Novosti at the National Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (NUMKG) countries quake epicenter was located only 31 km south-west of Bogor — a satellite town of Indonesian capital Jakarta, and its center lies a just ten kilometers below the surface of the island Java.

"Currently NUMKG continues to collect (the destruction): although the intensity of shock was small — only 2 points — according to reports from the field, there are many damaged buildings. Three people were injured and hospitalized," — said the head of Purva NUMKG Sutopo Nugroho (Sutopo Purwo Nugroho).

According to him, according to preliminary data, only three subareas West Java number of partially destroyed buildings as high as 500.

Appropriate services providing assistance to the victims, those who have left home, placed in temporary camps, concluded Nugroho.

Indonesia is part of the so-called "Pacific Ring of Fire" (powerful tectonic fault). Plate, forming the bottom of the Indian Ocean, "squeezes" here under the Asian plate, which is part of Sumatra, about as fast as the growing human fingernail. Accumulating tension and then released as a giant earthquake forces.

In December 2004, what happened in the north-west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the strongest in the world over the past 40 years, the earthquake caused a tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands of people in a dozen Indian Ocean countries.

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