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Indonesian Quake Evacuees Return Home After Tremor Kills 4

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Indonesian Quake Evacuees Return Home After Tremor Kills 4

  • Friday’s 7.4 magnitude earthquake shook Java, Sumatra islands
  • Buildings, including houses and hospitals, damaged: agency
Villagers look at a damage house in Pandeglang, Banten province on Aug. 3.
Villagers look at a damage house in Pandeglang, Banten province on Aug. 3. Photographer: Ronald Siagian/AFP via Getty Images
Villagers look at a damage house in Pandeglang, Banten province on Aug. 3.
Photographer: Ronald Siagian/AFP via Getty Images

Four people died in a powerful earthquake that rocked Indonesia on Friday and damaged hundreds of buildings including houses and hospitals.

At least 1,000 people who were displaced after the 7.4 magnitude quake started to return back to their homes on Saturday as the situation improved, according to the national disaster mitigation agency, BNPB.

The tremors affected several areas in Java and Sumatra islands, including the nation’s capital Jakarta, where people fled buildings and the city’s subway train service was briefly halted.

The country’s Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency announced an end to its tsunami warning on Friday, after earlier saying there was a danger of waves as high as 3 meters (10 feet) in the southern parts of Pandeglang, in Java, and on the west coast of Lampung, on Sumatra.

Indonesia’s 17,000 islands are prone to earthquakes because the country straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of fault lines and volcanoes that causes frequent seismic upheavals. More than 2,000 people were killed and about 80,000 people were displaced in Central Sulawesi in September last year after a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck the island.

(Updates with the number of casualties in first paragraph.)