6.1-magnitude earthquake kills 8 in Indonesia

Jakarta, Apr 12 (UNI) At least eight people were killed and 39 injured when an earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Indonesia’s East Java province, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

The agency’s spokesman Raditya Jati said on Sunday 1,189 houses were destroyed in several districts including Lumajang, Malang, Blitar, Jember, Trenggalek and Blitar.

Hundreds of public buildings like health centres, education facilities, places of worship and office buildings were also damaged, Xinhua news agency quoted the spokesman as saying.

Shelters for the evacuees and logistics facilities have been established.

Food including rice, fast food and noodles as well as blankets and tarpaulins have been distributed by the provincial administration.

Indonesia has been hit by other natural disasters in the past few days.