November Saw Over 1,000 Micro Earthquakes Hitting Indonesia

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported 1,306 earthquakes rocked Indonesia throughout November this year, with 1,263 non-damaging earthquakes and three earthquakes with devastating results. 

    Head of BMKG’s earthquake mitigation and tsunami said in a written statement that the two types of earthquakes are classified based on strength, where the small ones are those under magnitude 5.0.

    In November, Indonesia sustained three devastating earthquakes that hit the region of Ambon (November 12), North Bali (November 14), and Maluku Sea (November 14). 

    The aforementioned earthquakes caused considerable destruction. Ambon saw 94 houses ruined while the one in Bali lightly damaged houses in Buleleng with both scaling at magnitude 5.0. 

    Meanwhile, the earthquake in Maluku was recorded at magnitude 7.1 which damaged houses in Bitung, Manado, Ternate, and Mayu Island. 

    BMKG reported that its tide gauge showed a small tsunami forming in Ternate at 23:43 Indonesia Western Time (WIB), and at Jailolo at 23:43 WIB. Both tsunami waves measured below 10 centimeters in height. 

    ANWAR SISWADI