AT least 44 people have been killed and 700 injured after a massive earthquake rocked Indonesia’s main island of Java, officials said.

The magnitude 5.6 quake rattled the Cianjur region in West Java province at a depth of 6.2 miles on Monday.


Workers inspect a store damaged during an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia[/caption]

A spokesman for the local administration in Cianjur said: “There have been dozens of people killed. Hundreds, even maybe thousands of houses are damaged.

“So far, 44 people have died.”

The quake was felt strongly in the greater Jakarta area as high rises in the capital swayed and hundreds of people were evacuated.

Cianjur police chief Doni Hermawan told Metro TV that authorities had rescued a woman and a baby from a landslide – but a third person they found tragically died of their injuries.

The country’s meteorological agency warned residents to watch out for more tremors.

“We call on people to stay outside the buildings for now as there might be potential aftershocks,” head of Indonesia’s meteorological agency, Dwikorita Karnawati, told reporters.


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