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Death toll in massive Indonesia earthquake skyrockets to 162

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The death toll from the devastating earthquake that hit Indonesia soared to 162 on Monday.

An earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Java, destroying dozens of buildings. First responders built mobile clinics to treat the wounded while they searched through the rubble for survivors. Suharyanto, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said he injured as many as 700 people in the disaster.

The agency said dozens of damaged buildings included Islamic boarding schools, hospitals and other public facilities.

Indonesia is frequently hit by severe earthquakes and tsunamis. At least 25 people were killed and more than 460 injured in a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in February in West Sumatra. In January 2021, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck West Sulawesi province, killing more than 100 people and injuring nearly 6,500.

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Survivors injured in the earthquake are treated in the garden of a hospital in Cianjur on November 21, 2022. (TIMUR MATAHARI/AFP via Getty Images)

Another powerful Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004 killed nearly 230,000 people in 12 countries. Most of these people were in Indonesia.

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“The building has been completely leveled,” Dwi Salmadi, a boarding school employee, told the Associated Press. “I was working inside an office building. There was no damage to the building, but the shaking was so strong that a lot of things fell. My foot hit a heavy object.”

An earthquake struck Nyaringdung village, Kugenan district, Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia on Monday 21 November 2022, causing many buildings to collapse. The magnitude 5.6 earthquake killed 162 people and injured hundreds more.  (Photo: Eko Siswono Toyudho/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

An earthquake struck Nyaringdung village, Kugenan district, Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia on Monday 21 November 2022, causing many buildings to collapse. The magnitude 5.6 earthquake killed 162 people and injured hundreds more. (Photo: Eko Siswono Toyudho/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

“I really hope they can treat me soon,” he added of nearby medical personnel.

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Casualty data are not conclusive as many of the injured were seriously injured.

Fox News’ Landon Mion and Associated Press contributed to this report.

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