Indonesia Earthquake: 24 people remain missing after the quake caused landslides and building collapses in the West Java town of Cianjur.

The death toll from an earthquake that shook Indonesia's main island of Java this week has risen to 310, the country's national disaster mitigation agency said Friday.

The agency's chief Suharyanto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, said 24 people remain missing after the quake caused landslides and building collapses in the West Java town of Cianjur.

The country of more than 270 million people is frequently struck by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis because of its location on the arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin

A 5.6 magnitude earthquake left more than 260 dead and hundreds injured as buildings crumbled and terrified residents ran for their lives on Indonesia’s main island of Java.

While the magnitude would typically be expected to cause light damage to buildings and other structures, experts say proximity to fault lines,

the shallowness of the quake and inadequate infrastructure that cannot withstand earthquakes all contributed to the damage.