At least 100 likely dead in Indonesia quake
INDONESIA: At least 100 people were likely killed by a major
7.0-magnitude quake that rocked Indonesia's main island of Java last
week, an official said Monday. Authorities had confirmed 74 were killed
in the quake, which struck off the south coast of Java on Wednesday,
disaster management agency spokesman Priyadi Kardono told AFP.
Another 34 people were also believed buried and likely dead under
tonnes of boulders and earth by an earthquake-triggered landslide in the
West Java village of Cikangkareng 130 kilometres (80 miles) south of the
capital Jakarta, Kardono said. "The bodies will be crushed if we use
heavy machinery like excavators," he said, adding bulldozers were being
used to help to clear away rubble.
"We have no other way but to search for the bodies manually, clearing
away big rocks by hand and using the help of sniffer dogs to detect
them, but it takes too much time."