More than 30 people have been killed in a massive earthquake near the Indonesian capital Jakarta, the government said on Tuesday, as the quake’s epicenter was near the capital.
The latest quake hit just before midnight (local time) in the Java province of Pekanbaru, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NADM).
The quake struck about 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Jakarta, said Nadmajula Sipila, a government spokesman.
More than 300 people were killed in the earthquake, said Pankar Jana, a seismologist with the Jakarta-based Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics.
Jakarta, which is the biggest city in Indonesia, has suffered several major earthquakes in recent years, including in the past year and a half.
It was the fourth quake this month, which also hit Indonesia’s eastern Java province.
The latest quake struck just hours after a powerful aftershock, which was centered near the city of Kuching.