President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a radio address that the fatalities followed a quake measured at magnitude 7.2, according to the Associated Press.
Thousands of people fled to higher ground in and around the resort of Pangandaran -- some climbing trees or crowding into mosques to pray, according to AP.
Roads were blocked and power cut across much of the area. "All the houses are destroyed along the beach," Teti, a woman at Pangandaran, told el-Shinta radio station. "Small hotels are completely destroyed and at least one restaurant was washed away."
The International Tsunami Information Centre (ITIC) issued a tsunami watch after an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 rumbled in the Indian Ocean 220 miles south of Jakarta.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center Web site, the quake hit at 3:19 p.m. local time (4:19 a.m. ET).
The International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC) earlier issued a tsunami watch.
The quake had a magnitude of 7.2, and was centered 220 miles south of Jakarta in the Indian Ocean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center Web site.
The quake hit at 3:19 p.m. local time (4:19 a.m. ET).
The ITIC said the tsunami watch is in effect for parts of Indonesia and Australia.
Several strong aftershocks have also been felt, according to Indonesian radio.
In May, an earthquake in the Indonesian region of Yogyakarta killed more than 6,000 people and displaced more than 200,000, according to United Nations figures.
A massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean in December 2004 killed more than 200,000 people in 12 countries.
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