At least 268 dead after magnitude 5.6 earthquake shakes Indonesia

Most of those who were killed in the magnitude 5.6 earthquake were students attending extra lessons when the buildings started to collapse, according to reports.

CIANJUR, Indonesia – The death toll continues to climb after a magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook Indonesia's main island of Java on Monday afternoon.

The Associated Press is reporting at least 268 people were killed and 151 are still missing. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said another 1,083 people were injured when the earthquake struck near Cianjur, Indonesia, just before 1:30 p.m. local time at a relatively shallow depth of 6 miles.


According to the AP, most of the dead were students who had finished classes for the day and were in the middle of extra lessons when the buildings collapsed.

Video from the region showed the medical workers tending to victims in the streets and rushing people away from the scene on stretchers. Some initial rescue attempts were slowed due to damaged roads and bridges blocking access to remote areas.

The AP reported that heavy equipment was being used to remove rocks and other debris from roads to reach victims.

Panicked people were also seen fleeing large high-rise buildings in Indonesia's capital of Jakarta when the earthquake struck, according to the AP.

People who experienced the shaking described how vehicles stopped in the middle of busy streets because it was too difficult to drive. Numerous buildings were damaged or destroyed when roofs and walls collapsed on people still inside.

In addition to the damage to buildings, the AP reported that the shaking in the Cianjur region also triggered several landslides.

One of those landslides occurred in Cijedil, which is to the northwest of Cianjur, and blocked streets and buried several homes, according to the AP.

According to Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency, several aftershocks struck after the initial earthquake on Monday afternoon.

FOX Weather will update this story when more information becomes available.