Garut, West Java (ANTARA) - The Bandung Regional Search and Rescue Office (Basarnas) has evacuated over 300 patients from the Sumedang Regional Hospital (RSUD) to a safer location following a 4.8-magnitude earthquake on Sunday night.

"Last night, we evacuated 248 patients from Sumedang Hospital to a safer location, in addition to 83 patients from the emergency room," Bandung Basarnas Head Hery Marantika said on Monday.

They were placed in emergency tents prepared by the Sumedang district government, he added.

He confirmed that all evacuated patients remain in the secure tents as of Monday morning but will be returned to their hospital rooms soon.

He affirmed that Basarnas officers have been on standby since Sunday (December 31) to monitor, inspect, and coordinate with other teams in the handling process of regions affected by the earthquake.

"The Bandung SAR office keeps ensuring and coordinating with the Sumedang stakeholders related to last night's earthquake," he noted.

No casualties have been reported as of the latest inspection, Marantika said.

"We continued to inspect and check the scene this morning, and we hope that there are no casualties," he remarked.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the tectonic earthquake struck the Sumedang area at 8:34 p.m. local time on Sunday. The epicenter was located 5 km below the surface, approximately 2 km northeast of Sumedang District.

Earlier that same day, a 4.1-magnitude earthquake hit Sumedang at around 2:35 p.m. local time.

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