A massive earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale struck 100 km east of Jakarta deep in the Java sea, shortly after 11:00 p.m. Bali time on Wednesday, August 8, 2007. Fortunately, because the quake's epicenter stood at a depth of 289 kilometers below the earth's surface, no tsunami resulted from the quake.
However, Buildings did sway in Jakarta and the quake was felt 900 kilometers away in Bali. But, with the exception of a single heart attack fatality linked to the earthquake in West Java, no major significant damage or casualties were directly attributed to the seismic event.
Approximately 12 earthquakes with an greater than 7 are recorded each year around the world.
The Boxing Day earthquake of December 2004 cost more than 500,000 lives while a July 2006 earthquake off Java's south cost resulted in the deaths of more than 6,000.
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