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Earthquake in Indonesia kills more than 150 people, topples buildings

Rescuers inspect a school damaged by an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, Nov. 21, 2022. (BASARNAS via AP)
Rescuers inspect a school damaged by an earthquake in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia, Nov. 21, 2022. (BASARNAS via AP)

A strong, shallow earthquake topples buildings and walls on Indonesia’s densely populated main island, killing at least 162 people and injuring hundreds of others as residents fled into the street, some covered in blood and debris.

Officials are gathering information on the toll of those injured and killed by the quake.

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil says the number of confirmed dead has risen to 162.

“The majority of those who died were children,” he says. Many were public school students who had finished their regular classes and were taking extra lessons at Islamic schools, he says.

Kamil says more than 13,000 people whose homes had been heavily damaged were being taken to evacuation centers.

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