Another Earthquake Sourced from Banda Sea Hit Maluku

18 November 2022 07:46 WIB

TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that another earthquake jolted Maluku areas again on Thursday night, November 17, 2022. Originating in the Banda Sea, the quake was located 81 kilometers northwest of the Aru Islands. 

The agency updated the quake’s strength from initially announced at 5.0 magnitudes to 4.8 magnitudes.

The quake’s center was found to be from a depth of 31 kilometers. The shaking could be felt at the intensity scale of III MMI on the Aru islands, North Aru area, and Sir-Sir area of Aru Islands. Level III means the tremor can be felt indoors as if a truck is passing.

“Taking into account the location of the epicenter and the hypocenter, it is a shallow quake due to activity in the Graben Aru zone,” said the agency’s head of the quake and tsunami center, Daryono, in a statement. He confirmed that there was no tsunami potential.

On Tuesday, November 15, the BMKG reported a quake from the Banda Sea measured at a magnitude of 5.2, on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 14:03 Jakarta time. It did not trigger a tsunami but the shaking was strong up to the IV MMI scale. 

The earthquake was centered at a depth of 251 kilometers, 250 kilometers northeast of Southwest Maluku, Maluku. “It was an intermediate quake caused by the subduction activity of the Banda Sea,” said Daryono.

MARIA FRANSISCA LAHUR

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