Powerful Earthquakes Hit Mentawai and Sabang



Petir Garda Bhwana

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    TEMPO.CO, JakartaPowerful earthquakes rattled two regions of Sumatra, Mentawai and Aceh, within an interval of about three hours early today, May 3, 2021.

    A 5.7 magnitude quake struck off Mentawai Islands of West Sumatra, precisely at sea with a depth of 29 kilometers, at 00:46 Western Indonesian Time (WIB). This did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami.

    Based on the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) quoted in Jakarta, the quake’s epicenter was at 2.34 degrees South Latitude and 99.66 degrees East Longitude or 35 kilometers from Tuapejat Subdistrict, Mentawai Islands.

    Not long after at 03:49:43 WIB, a quake measuring 4.8 magnitudes in the Richter scale jolted Aceh. The BMKG confirmed that it was centered at 5.43 degrees North Latitude and 94.60 degrees East Longitude. “Its epicenter was in the sea, 94 kilometers southwest of Sabang City,” wrote the agency on its official Twitter account.

    The earthquake was at a depth of 49 kilometers. The tremor was felt at scale IV of the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) in Banda Aceh.

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