Three People Killed by Large Earthquake on Indonesian Island of Java - Reports

© REUTERS / Beawiharta/FilesA villager walks on a stone barrier as sea water reaches her house in Mayangan village in Subang, Indonesia's West Java province, in this July 16, 2010 file photo
A villager walks on a stone barrier as sea water reaches her house in Mayangan village in Subang, Indonesia's West Java province, in this July 16, 2010 file photo - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The recent powerful earthquake that rocked the Indonesian island of Java left three people killed, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the spokesman of the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management.

"The victims were hit by the debris of collapsing buildings when they were sleeping so that they could not escape," Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told the Xinhua news agency in a text message.

The agency noted that the Gayam sub-district of the Indonesian East Java province had been affected the most by the quake.

A lot of houses in the area and beyond it had been damaged by the tremors, the outlet added.

On October 10, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said that the magnitude 6.0 quake struck the area close to the island at 18:44 GMT.

READ MORE: Eastern Indonesia Hit by 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake — US Geological Survey

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