Indonesia earthquake: 162 dead and hundreds injured on the island of Java

Rescue workers carry an injured earthquake victim at a hospital in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, November 21, 2022.

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An earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Java, killing about 162 people and injuring hundreds, according to Ridwan Camil, the governor of the region.

The earthquake measured 5.6 on the Richter scale in the town of Cianjur in West Java, at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers, according to data from the US Geological Survey.

Dozens of injured were taken to hospital, while many received treatment abroad.

Rescuers made every effort until nightfall in an effort to rescue others believed to be still trapped under collapsed buildings.

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