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A 62-year-old man and an 80-year-old woman were killed in building collapses, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

People ran out of buildings in many areas and roads were clogged with motorbikes, cars and trucks as people fled coastal areas in fear of a tsunami. In some places, powerful tremors lasted as long as 30 seconds.

Damage was heaviest in the Tasikmalaya, Pangandaran and Ciamis regions of West Java province near the epicenter. More than 40 houses collapsed and about 65 suffered severe damage, said Mr. Nugroho.

The earthquake was about 56 miles deep and located just inland, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It triggered a tsunami warning for parts of Java’s coastline that was lifted about two hours later.

No significant waves were reported.

Several hospitals were damaged by the shaking and patients evacuated.

Ahmad Solihin, a food vendor in a coastal area of the Sukabumi region, said his village was jolted by a 20-second tremor that cracked walls in his home. He fled on his motorbike with his wife and two children after neighbors shouted that water was coming, he said.

“People suddenly started running so I joined them,” said Mr. Solihin. More than 1,000 villagers in his area evacuated to higher ground and didn’t return until Saturday morning after authorities convinced them it was safe, he said.

Indonesia sits on the “Pacific Ring of Fire” and has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

—Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.


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