In most cases, it’s always the things beyond our control that’ll leave us in ruins. Sometimes literally. Especially when dealing with the deadly wrath of Mother Nature.
Tragedy struck our Nusantaran neighbours yesterday (21 Nov) after an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit the province of West Java, Indonesia, resulting in the deaths of at least 162 people with another 326 suffering from injuries of various severity.
The earthquake, which had a depth of 10km, struck the Cianjur region of West Java, 75km southeast of Jakarta and left around 13,782 people displaced in a report made by CNN.
The report also stated that many of the recovered victims are currently being tended to across 14 different refugee sites.
Additionally, 2,345 homes were also damaged in the quake along with four schools, a mosque and a hospital according to the province’s local office of National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB).
The frantic scene pictured above shows a small glimpse of what took place.
A witness from Cianjur who experienced the horrifying ordeal told Metro TV that he first felt a huge tremor before his office’s ceilings and walls began to crumble.
“I was very shocked. I worried there will be another quake,” said the witness. He added that some people were even seen fainting and vomiting from fear that a stronger earthquake might follow up after.
Due to Cianjur’s close proximity, even residents living in the bustling city of Jakarta could feel the tremors from the quake.
According to Reuters, witnesses claimed that people were rushing to evacuate offices in the heart of Jakarta’s business district.
A friend of mine living in Jakarta posted a story on his account depicting a crowd of confused and worried people standing outside their office building while the tremors were happening.
In any event, we hope that rescue workers manage to find all of the displaced people affected by this horrible natural disaster and also that people in the area remain safe while the wounded get proper medical treatment.
As of right now, there is reportedly no potential for tsunamis to occur despite the severity of the earthquake according to Indonesia’s Weather and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).
Our prayers and condolences go out to the families of the deceased.