Magnitude-6.5 quake hits off the coast of Java

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An quake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale shook Indonesia's West Java province on Friday night, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency said.

According to US Geological Survey measurements the natural disaster had a 6.5 magnitude and a depth of 91 kilometers.

Injuries or deaths were not immediately reported.

CNN reported residents in Jakarta evacuated high-rise buildings and authorities evacuated a damaged hospital in Banyumas.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the disaster agency, said in a statement on Saturday two people had been killed, seven injured and more than 100 buildings damaged, including a hospital in Central Java.

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Officials initially warned local residents of a potential tsunami as the first quake was followed by another a few seconds apart, roughly in the same location, but the tsunami alert was later cancelled, the country's meteorology agency announced.

He posted on his Twitter page photos of people scouring collapsed buildings. People rushed out of their homes in fear as buildings trembled.

The USGS said the epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of 92 kilometres, about 52 kilometres southwest of Tasikmalaya.

The Bureau of Meterology said there was no tsunami threat to Australia.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where several tectonic plates meet, making it vulnerable to frequent earthquakes.

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