A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of the main island of Java on 2nd September 2009.The quake struck less than 200 kilometres south of Jakarta at a depth of 49 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. It was strong enough to cause office blocks to sway and windows to shatter in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, prompting a mass evacuation of nervous office workers. Close to the epicentre, the 7.3 magnitude quake brought about a very strong tremor across West Java province and, some 250 kilometres northwest of the epicentre, off Tasikmalaya district. People as far as Bali and the southern-part of Sumatra, over 500 kilometres away, could also feel the tremor. From Tasikamalaya, the town closest to the epicentre, to the cultural hub of Yogyakarta, the university town of Bandung and right up to the outskirts of the Indonesian capital, there were reports of substantial damage to buildings, including lecture halls, mosques and government offices. One of the most badly affected area is Pangalengan
sub-district in Bandung district.
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