·

More than 270 people killed after shallow M5.6 earthquake hits near Jakarta, Indonesia

west java indonesia earthquake november 21 2022 location map

A shallow earthquake, registered by the BMKG, USGS and EMSC as M5.6, hit West Java, Indonesia at 06:21 UTC on November 21, 2022. All agencies are reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The quake resulted in the deaths of more than 160 people. The number is expected to rise.

The epicenter was located 18.3 km (11.4 miles) WSW of Ciranjang-hilir (population 77 758), 19.9 km (12.4 miles) ENE of Sukabumi (population 276 414), 57.1 km (35.5 miles) W if Bandung (population 1.7 million) and 76 km (47 miles) SSE from the center of Jakarta (population 10.5 million).

232 000 people are estimated to have felt severe shaking, 514 000 very strong, 1 131 000 strong and 1 980 000 moderate.

25 aftershocks were registered in the two hours after the mainshock.

west java indonesia earthquake november 21 2022 location map bg
Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

The USGS issued an Orange alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. Significant casualties and damage are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread. Past orange alerts have required a regional or national level response.

Estimated economic losses are less than 1% of GDP of Indonesia.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick with concrete floor and precast concrete frame with wall construction.

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

Landslides and liquefaction triggered by this earthquake are estimated to be limited in severity and/or spatial extent.

west java indonesia earthquake november 21 2022 location map bgz
Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said at a news conference held late November 21 that the death toll has risen to 162. Some 326 people have been injured.

“The majority who died were hit by buildings. Some were hit on the head,” said Herman Suherman, head of the Cianjur regency. “All you can hear here is ambulance sirens everywhere.”1

While the epicenter was in Sukabumi regency, most of the casualties have been reported in the neighboring Cianjur regency.

There are still people trapped under the rubble and the death toll is expected to continue rising.

“There are still many residents trapped at the incident sites, we assume that the injured and dead victims will continue to increase over time,” Kamil said earlier on Monday.2

Rescuers are currently unable to reach some of those trapped, he said, adding that the situation remains chaotic with the possibility of further aftershocks to come.

At least 2 345 homes have been damaged and 13 782 people have been displaced.

Four schools and 52 houses collapsed or were badly damaged, according to the local office of the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB).

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

west java indonesia earthquake november 21 2022 usgs epe
west java indonesia earthquake november 21 2022 usgs epet

Selected cities exposed

west java indonesia earthquake november 21 2022 usgs sce

Regional seismicity

west java indonesia earthquake november 21 2022 emsc rs

Update:

More than 61 000 people have been displaced by the quake and around 2 000 injured, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said on November 23.

The death toll, as of the same day, had risen to 271, and 40 people remained missing.

Authorities warned that debris from landslides caused by the earthquake need to be cleared as rain forecast for the coming weeks threatened a second disaster.3

References:

1 More than 160 killed in Indonesian earthquake in West Java, officials say – The Washington Post – November 21, 2022

2 Magnitude 5.6 earthquake leaves at least 162 dead in Indonesia – CNN – November 21, 2022

3 Quake survivors appeal for supplies as rain hampers rescue – The Jakarta Post – November 23, 2022

Featured image credit: TW/SAM, Google

If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.

Share:

Related articles



Your support makes a difference

Dear valued reader,

We hope that our website has been a valuable resource for you.

The reality is that it takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to maintain and grow this website. We rely on the support of readers like you to keep providing high-quality content.

If you have found our website to be helpful, please consider making a contribution to help us continue to bring you the information you need. Your support means the world to us and helps us to keep doing what we love.

Support us by choosing your support level – Silver, Gold or Platinum. Other support options include Patreon pledges and sending us a one-off payment using PayPal.

Thank you for your consideration. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Teo Blašković

$5 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Clean user interface and fast browsing
  • Direct communication with us via chat and email
  • Suggest new features, content and applications
  • Early access to new apps and features

$50 /year

$10 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Clean user interface and fast browsing
  • Direct communication with us via chat and email
  • Suggest new features, content and applications
  • Early access to new apps and features

$100 /year

$25 /month

  • Ad-free account
  • Clean user interface and fast browsing
  • Direct communication with us via chat and email
  • Suggest new features, content and applications
  • Early access to new apps and features

$200 /year

You can also support us on Patreon

support us on patreon

or by sending us a one-off payment using PayPal:


Commenting rules and guidelines

We value the thoughts and opinions of our readers and welcome healthy discussions on our website. In order to maintain a respectful and positive community, we ask that all commenters follow these rules:

  • Treat others with kindness and respect.
  • Stay on topic and contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way.
  • Do not use abusive or hateful language.
  • Do not spam or promote unrelated products or services.
  • Do not post any personal information or content that is illegal, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate.

We reserve the right to remove any comments that violate these rules. By commenting on our website, you agree to abide by these guidelines. Thank you for helping to create a positive and welcoming environment for all.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *