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News Release

Magnitude 6.3 JAVA, INDONESIA
Friday, May 26, 2006 at 22:53:58 UTC

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A strong earthquake occurred IN JAVA, INDONESIA about 25 km (15 miles) SSW of Yogyakarta or about 440 km (275 miles) ESE of JAKARTA at 4:54 PM MDT, May 26, 2006 (May 27 at 5:54 AM local time in Java, Indonesia). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available.

At least 5,749 people were killed, 38,568 were injured and as many as 600,000 people were displaced in the Bantul-Yogyakarta area. More than 127,000 houses were destroyed and an additional 451,000 were damaged in the area, with the total loss estimated at approximately 3.1 billion US dollars. Felt (IX) at Bantul and Klaten, (VIII) at Sleman and Yogyakarta, (V) at Surakarta, (IV) at Salatiga and Blitar and (II) at Surabaya. Felt in much of Java. Also felt at Denpasar, Bali.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver


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