BMKG Logs 2 Earthquakes in Sulawesi, Sumatra

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Meteorology, Geophysics, and Climatology Agency (BMKG) reported two earthquakes that struck Bitung in the North Sulawesi province and Padang Panjang in West Sumatra. The quake occurred in the early hours of October 14 and 15.

    The shallow quake in Padang Panjang was measured at magnitude 4.0 in Richter scale at 00:55 local time, with the epicenter 20 kilometers southeast of the region. No damages were reported. 

    A much stronger magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Bitung in North Sulawesi which happened just hours before the Padang Panjang quake. The Sulawesi quake hit at 22:16 on Thursday evening and its epicenter was known to be from the ocean, 119 kilometers southeast of Bitung. 

    The BMKG assured there was no potential of tsunami despite the broad range of its effect, which was felt up to Manado and East and South Bolaang Mongondow. The agency has yet to issue the report on what triggered the earthquakes. 

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