BMKG Records 52 Earthquakes in 20 Days of January 2021

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported there have been 52 earthquakes felt by the people for the past 20 days in January 2021. There were even up to eight quakes in a day.

    “Indonesia is experiencing a significant increase in quake activity, the shock is felt by the people,” said the BMKG quake and tsunami mitigation coordinator, Daryono.

    He explained via a written statement today, Jan. 20, that the natural disaster occurred almost every day except on Jan. 10 and 17. On January 14, Indonesian regions were hit by eight strong quakes that were felt by many.

    The current condition, according to Daryono, is abnormal. Compared to the quake data in January 2020, there were 54 occurrences in a month. Besides, the cause of the rising activity of powerful quakes had not been discovered yet.

    The BMKG suspected that it was attributable to the change in the stress pattern globally, regionally, or even locally, which led to an increase in strong earthquakes. However, Daryono argued that the most important thing is to recognize and differentiate the various kinds of quakes for disaster mitigation purposes.

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