5 magnitude quake strikes Indonesia's Java island

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MAMEXTHOYIBI TWITTER DAMAGE Cracks appear in a building as residents report tremors

During the quake, panicked people ran out of buildings and Indonesian television showed heavy traffic on roads as people fled coastal areas.

A magnitude-6.5 natural disaster has struck off the coast of Java in Indonesia, the United States Geological Survey says, with authorities reporting at least one death and damage to buildings.

A strong natural disaster shook the Indonesian capital Friday night and other cities on the country's most populous island of Java, killing at least 1 person amid reports of more deaths and collapsed houses.

The tremor struck at a depth of about 57 miles, and a tsunami warning was issued by Indonesian authorities but not the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

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People fled central Java amid fears that the quake would cause a tsunami.

The quake swayed buildings for several seconds in the capital, Jakarta.

Homes were also reported damaged in the city of Tasikmalaya, some 50 kilometres from the epicentre. Indonesian authorities reported a quake of similar magnitude offshore of Java.

Buildings had collapsed and were damaged in several cities and towns of central and western Java, Mr Nugroho said.

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