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Last Updated: Thursday September 03 2009 05:08 GMT

Dozens killed in Indonesia quake

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A powerful earthquake has struck near the Indonesian island of Java, killing at least 44 people and injuring more than 300, say officials.

Several buildings collapsed on the west of the island and hundreds were damaged by the quake on Wednesday, which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale.

Officials say dozens of people are being treated in Tasikmalaya, which is the nearest city to the epicentre.

Tremors were also felt in the capital, Jakarta, 200km to the north.

A map showing where the quake hit

Hundreds of people ran out of offices and shops there to find cover as the quake shook their buildings.

One witness said: "The building first shook for about 10 seconds then stopped, but then it continued again."

A local tsunami alert was issued, but no giant waves were created by the earthquake.