6.1 Magnitude Indonesian Earthquake Kills 8

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake shook the eastern Java province of Indonesia, killing at least eight individuals and injuring 39 others as the country’s president ordered swift rescue and relief operations for the people who have been affected by the disaster.

In a statement, the National Disaster Management Agency spokesman Raditya Jati announced on Sunday that about 1,189 homes and 150 public facilities – including schools, hospitals and government offices – in the districts of Lumajang, Malang, Blitar, Jember, Trenggalek and Blitar were severely damaged and destroyed by the disaster.

According to Jati, the quake that happened on Saturday also caused falling rocks to kill a woman who was riding a motorcycle when the incident occurred.

Her husband, who was riding the vehicle with her, was badly injured by the rockfall.

Rescue authorities said that four lifeless bodies were retrieved from the ruins in the Kali Uling village of Lumajang. Three individuals were also found dead in the Malang district.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo issued an order for the dispatch of rescue teams and relief operations after the disaster.

Two emergency shelters for the displaced residents were set up in Lumajang.

“I have ordered … immediate emergency response to search and find victims under the rubble and to treat the wounded,” the Indonesian leader, also known as Jokowi, said in a statement on Sunday.

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