In a previous balance, Adam, a Cianjur spokesman, had reported 44 deaths.
“There are tens of people dead. Hundreds, maybe thousands of houses were damaged,” said Adam, a spokesman for the local administration of Cianjur (about 110 km southeast of the capital Jakarta), who like many Indonesians only has one name.
The epicenter of the earthquake was registered near this city, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which established that the tremor had a magnitude of 5.4.
Earlier, Herman Suherman, head of Cianjur’s administration, told Metro TV that at least 300 people had been taken to the city hospital.
“Most have fractures after being found trapped in the rubble of buildings”said.
Businesses, a hospital and an Islamic boarding school in the city suffered extensive damage during the quake, according to local press.
Several Cianjur buildings with their roofs collapsed could be seen in the media. Suherman also reported that relatives of the victims had gone to the Sayang hospital. The shock was also felt in Jakarta but, for the moment, no casualties or significant damage were reported.