Almost 2,500 Houses Damaged by Banten Earthquake

The Operational Control Center of Banten’s Regional Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD Banten) reported that the earthquake damaged 2,449 houses in four regencies including 413 houses that were heavily damaged, 488 houses moderately damaged, and 374 lightly damaged.

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Hundreds of houses were damaged by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in Sumur, Banten. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, BANTEN – The number of houses damaged by the earthquake centered in Sumur District, Pandeglang Regency, Banten, reached thousands. The Operational Control Center of Banten’s Regional Disaster Mitigation Board (BPBD Banten) reported that the earthquake damaged 2,449 houses in 45 districts across Pandeglang, Lebak, Serang, and Tangerang Regencies. The damages include 413 houses that were heavily damaged, 488 houses moderately damaged, and 374 lightly damaged.

Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Head of Banten Region Komaruddin explained that Pandeglang was the most severely hit by the earthquakes. Many public facilities were badly damaged including schools, health facilities, government offices, and places of worship.

“So far, our Emergency Response Team is still assessing the damages and the needs of the victims. As a first step, ACT Banten Branch has given food packages to the earthquake victims in Pandeglang Regency. Insha Allah, we will provide more assistance," he added.

A series of earthquakes rocked Banten on Friday (1/14/2022) afternoon. One of the biggest earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.6 occurred at around 4:04 p.m. local time. The focus of the earthquake was located 7.01 South and 105.26 East, 52 kilometers southwest of Sumur District in Pandeglang Regency and 197 kilometers southwest of Jakarta, with the depth of the hypocenter being 10 km from the surface. []