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A Magnitude 5.6 Earthquake Struck Indonesia, Killing At Least 271 People And Injuring More Than 1,000

At least 271 people are dead and more than 1,000 injured after an earthquake of 5.6 magnitude struck the West Java Island of Indonesia on Monday Nov. 21.

At least 271 people are dead and more than 1,000 injured after an earthquake of 5.6 magnitude struck the West Java Island of Indonesia on Monday Nov. 21.

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Villagers salvage items from damaged houses following a 5.6 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 271 people in Cianjur, Indonesia, on Nov. 22, 2022. (Photo by ADITYA AJI/AFP via Getty Images)

The epicenter was located near a town called Cianjur in West Java.

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A man salvages items from a damaged house following a 5.6 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 217 people in Cianjur, Indonesia, on Nov. 22, 2022. (Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP via Getty Images)

Buildings were severely damaged and flattened after the shallow earthquake, which hit at about 1:21 pm local time.

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Relatives cry during the funeral on Nov. 22, 2022of 48-year-old victim Husein, who was killed while building a house, at a village near Cianjur, Indonesia, following a 5.6-magnitude earthquake. (Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP via Getty Images)
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An aerial view of the demolished settlements after the earthquake in Suka Mulya village of Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia on Nov. 23, 2022. (Photo by Eko Siswono Toyudho/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A viral video showed a classroom at the Universitas Suryakancana in Cianjur collapsing during the earthquake.

Authorities said over 13,000 people have been displaced, and many of the dead are students whose schools collapsed.

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The view of Sarampad village in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, on Nov. 23, 2022, after it was hit by a magnitude 5.6 earthquake. (Photo by Aditya Irawan/NurPhoto)
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Wounded people rest under a tent displayed outside a hospital following an earthquake in Cianjur, Indonesia, on Nov. 21, 2022. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

The quake was felt strongly as far away as in the capital Jakarta.

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A villager cries following a 5.6 earthquake in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia, on Nov. 23, 2022. (Photo by Garry Lotulung/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Some buildings in the capital swayed, while people had to be evacuated, the AP reported.

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A collapsed house is seen in Cugenang, Cianjur on Nov. 23, 2022, following a 5.6 magnitude earthquake that hit the area on Nov. 21. (Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP via Getty Images)

Rescue efforts have been complicated by electricity outages in some areas and 169 aftershocks.

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A volunteer carries an injured owl on Nov. 23 following a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia. (Photo by Garry Lotulung/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Officials are warning more landslides could happen in following weeks during the peak of the rainy season, Reuters reported.

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People react beside their damage houses on Nov. 23, 2022, following a magnitude 5.6 earthquake in Cianjur, West Java province, Indonesia. (Photo by Garry Lotulung/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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