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Jakarta: The Yogyakarta province in western Indonesia was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0, according to the weather agency and a government official.
Dwikorita Karnawati, the head of the nation's meteorology, climatology, and geophysics agency, stated on Friday that the agency initially announced the quake at 6.4 magnitude before adjusting it.
According to the agency, the earthquake did not generate extremely large waves.
The earthquake happened at 19:57 p.m. Jakarta time (1257 GMT) with its epicentre located 86 km northwest of the Bantul district and a depth of 25 km under the seabed, the agency added.
The tremors of the quake were also felt in the nearby provinces of Central Java and East Java, it said.
More than five aftershocks followed the main shock, said Dwikorita, recommending people to avoid entering their houses should their wall be cracked by the tremors, Xinhua news agency reported.
The tremors of the earthquake damaged houses and a hospital in Yogyakarta province, said Indro Sambodo, a senior member of the quick response unit of the provincial disaster management and mitigation agency.
"The roofs of the houses in the Bantul district were damaged. The roofs fell down. Besides, parts of the walls of the hospital also got minor damage. Some houses situated along the coast also suffered minor damages," he told Xinhua from Yogyakarta province.
With inputs from IANS