TEMPO.CO, Bandung - A tectonic earthquake measuring 4.6 magnitudes on the Richter Scale jolted the southern region of West Java on Sunday night, February 21, 2021.
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) recorded the quake that occurred at 21:56 Western Indonesian Time (WIB). The tremor from the Indonesian Ocean was felt along the south of Banten, Bandung, up to Pangandaran.
Based on the Bandung Geophysical Station, the tremor was felt in Pangandaran, South Garut, Cikajang, South Cianjur, Pangalengan, Sukabumi City, Cipamingkis, Jampang, Sagaranten, Cisompet, Sindangbarang, Pameungpeuk, Bungbulang, and Ciwidey measuring at scale III of the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI).
It was also felt in the areas of Pelabuhan Ratu, Panggarangan, Cisolok, Cikembar, Tegalbuleud, Bayah, Cikotok, and Cihara at scale II of the MMI.
The quake’s epicenter was recorded at 7.64 degrees South Latitude and 106.56 degrees East Longitude, 72 kilometers south of Sukabumi, West Java. Its depth or the hypocenter was 28 kilometers.
According to the Head of Regional BMKG II Tangerang, Hendro Nugroho, the monitoring until 22:35 WIB showed no aftershock. “This is a shallow earthquake caused by fault activity in the Eurasian Plate,” he said in a written statement on Sunday, February 21.
ANWAR SISWADI (CONTRIBUTOR)