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At least 62 killed as earthquake strikes Java, Indonesia

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(JAKARTA, Indonesia) — A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Java island in Indonesia on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

At least 62 people have died as of about 7:30 p.m. local time, according to Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency, which posted a statement online.

About 700 have been injured, Herman Suherman, the regent of Cianjur Regency in West Java, told Indonesia’s Kompas TV at around 4 p.m. Jakarta time.

Indonesia’s Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency said on Twitter that it had also measured the quake at a magnitude of 5.6. Preliminary data from the USGS had previously placed the quake at a magnitude of 5.4.

The quake struck at a depth of about 10 km, with an epicenter about 18 km southwest of Ciranjang-hilir, Indonesia, USGS said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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