TEMPO.CO, Banyuwangi- Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) head Dwikorita Karnawati reported there had been an increase in earthquake activities in the southern region of East Java in the past five years. This, he added, could trigger the potential of a larger quake or even tsunami.
She underlined people must be aware of the potential and risks of this powerful quake by designing mass evacuation routes to areas that are considered safer, especially areas at high altitudes.
“Our study conducted in Indonesia, in the southern region of East Java, shows there has been an increase in seismic activities in the last five years,” said Rita, her popular name, while visiting Banyuwangi and meeting with Regent Ipuk Fiestiadani on Thursday night, March 4, 2021.
She stated that discussions on the disaster potential, risks, and mitigation in the south coast of Java, including Banyuwangi, was necessary.
Based on BMKG’s analysis, the worst possibility could be a powerful earthquake measuring 8.7 magnitude on the Richter scale and a tsunami in the south of East Java, not only Banyuwangi.
The BMKG suggested local governments improve disaster mitigation. “Hopefully, it will not occur. But what's important is to prepare the mitigation,” said Rita.
DAVID PRIYASIDARTA (KONTRIBUTOR)