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At least two killed by a 6.5 earthquake in eastern Indonesia

September 26, 2019

JAKARTA, Sep 26 (DPA / EP) –

At least two people have died and several buildings have been damaged by an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 on the Richter scale recorded Thursday on the island of Molucca, in eastern Indonesia, according to authorities.

Indonesia's national disaster management agency has confirmed the death of the two people and has detailed that at least three buildings and two houses have been damaged.

One of the damaged buildings has been at Pattimura University, while the earthquake has also caused cracks in a bridge in Ambon, the capital of Maluku province.

“The earthquake has occurred on land and can cause damage to buildings that are not earthquake proof,” said agency spokesman Agus Wibowo.

The earthquake has occurred around 8.46 (local time) with an epicenter 36.9 kilometers northeast of Ambon, at a depth of 29 kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey.