Indonesia: More dead recovered after Java earthquake

Four days after the devastating earthquake in Indonesia, search teams found the bodies of seven more people.

Indonesia: More dead recovered after Java earthquake

Four days after the devastating earthquake in Indonesia, search teams found the bodies of seven more people.

According to the authorities, the victims were traveling in a car on Monday and were buried by masses of earth on the main island of Java. "After the landslide there were 39 missing people, seven of whom we found today," said Henri Alfiandi, head of the national rescue services, on Friday.

In total, the 5.6 magnitude earthquake killed more than 270 people, including many children. The epicenter was near the city of Cianjur, about 70 kilometers southeast of the capital Jakarta. Because it happened at a shallow depth of ten kilometers and on land, there was massive damage. In addition, Java is extremely densely populated.

The island nation of Indonesia lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the most geologically active zone on earth. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common there.

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