No additional damage in Cianjur following aftershocks: BNPB

No additional damage in Cianjur following aftershocks: BNPB

Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Lieutenant General Suharyanto, at a press conference at the Cianjur District Hall, West Java, on Friday (November 25, 2022). (ANTARA/Bagus Ahmad R/rst)

Bandung (ANTARA) - No additional damage to buildings has been recorded in Cianjur District, West Java, following reports of aftershocks early on Friday morning, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

BNPB head Lieutenant General Suharyanto said that there was a possibility for an increased level of damage to houses due to the aftershocks. However, the aftershocks, which measured up to 4.1 in magnitude, did not lead to an increase in the number of damaged houses, he noted.

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"Maybe some of them had already been damaged, then it was being shaken again and some were more damaged, but that did not increase the number and did not add to the number of victims," he informed in Cianjur District on Friday.

An aftershock of 4.1-magnitude jolted the region at 1:44 a.m. local time on Friday morning. It was followed by a number of aftershocks of lower intensity, which occurred until around 4 a.m. local time.

"We continue to carry out assessments and continue to collect data. Our team is still on the field. After the emergency response period is over, we will outline how many houses were heavily damaged, moderately damaged, and lightly damaged," Suharyanto informed.

So far, the Cianjur District Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) has recorded damage to 58,049 houses, with 20,367 suffering light damage, 12,496 moderate damage, and 25,186 heavy damage in the quake.

Meanwhile, at least 146 villages from 16 sub-districts of Cianjur District have been affected by the earthquake. On Friday, BNPB announced that the death toll from the quake has increased to 310.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Cianjur District at 1:21 p.m. local time on November 21, 2022. It was centered 10 kilometers southwest of the district at a depth of 10 km. It did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami. 

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