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Quake Shakes Indonesia


At least 162 people were killed and hundreds more injured after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s densely populated West Java province Monday. According to officials, many of the deaths were caused by the collapse of buildings, including many children attending an Islamic boarding school.

The quake hit at a depth of just over 6 miles, toppling buildings and prompting several landslides around the city of Cianjur. See why shallow earthquakes tend to be more damaging here.

The news comes after 25 people were killed in a February earthquake in the West Sumatra province. Indonesia frequently experiences earthquakes as it lies along the "Ring of Fire," a collection of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In 2004, nearly 230,000 people were killed, many of them Indonesian, in a 9.1-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit off the coast of Sumatra.

See photos from yesterday's earthquake here.

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