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Indonesia: Java island suffers another earthquake

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake has struck Java, the largest island in Indonesia, without any early indications of damage, less than a month after another earthquake in the same area claimed the lives of more than 300 people.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake happened at 7:50 a.m. local time (0:50 GMT) around 15 kilometres from the town of Cianjur, which served as the epicentre of the disastrous tremor in November.

The survey stated that the quake, which occurred at a depth of 123 kilometres (76 miles), was unlikely to cause many casualties or significant damage.

Officials from the local disaster mitigation agency said on Thursday that no damage had been reported in Cianjur or Sukabumi, the two cities closest to the epicentre.

“The epicentre of the earthquake is in Sukabumi, so it was only lightly felt in Cianjur. No reports of damage to houses or casualties,” a disaster agency official in Cianjur, Wawan Setawan, told AFP.

“We have yet to receive reports of damage caused by the earthquake,” another official in Sukabumi, Imran Wardhani, said.

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