An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale struck this evening Banten province, west of the Indonesian island of Java, destroying buildings and schools, without immediate information on casualties or injuries.
The quake was 10 kilometers deep under the seabed, centered 52 kilometers southwest of the province's Sumore district, and was strongly felt by residents of the capital, Jakarta, causing residents to flee their homes into the streets, Xinhua news agency quoted the Indonesia Meteorology and Geophysics Agency as saying.
The Indonesian agency stated that several aftershocks with a magnitude of 5.7 followed the quake, noting that there were no indications of the possibility of a tsunami as a result of the earthquake.
Jerji Gantoro, head of the executive unit of the Indonesian provincial disaster agency, said the quake destroyed at least 13 buildings, houses and three schools in Pandeglang district in the province, while no injuries were reported.
Earlier this morning, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency estimated the earthquake's strength at 6.7 on the Richter scale, which it said hit the southwest of the Indonesian island of Java.
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