Saturday, 18 January 2020

Lombok Earthquake, BMKG Warns of Aftershocks

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Dwikorita Karnawati advised the public of Lombok to be cautious of smaller magnitude aftershocks following the Lombok earthquake.

    “Up until 10:31 today, there has been 79 aftershocks with the largest recorded to be 5.7 SR. This is why we urge people to keep calm but in the same time stay alert,” said Dwikorita in a written statement today.

    As previously reported, a magnitude 6.4 SR tectonic earthquake shook areas of Lombok, Bali, and Sumbawa at around 05:47 Western Indonesia Time (WIB) at the coordinate of 8.4 south latitude and 116.5 east longitude, 47 kilometers Northeast of Mataram City at the depth of 24 km.

    Kondisi rumah warga yang rusak parah akibat gempa yang mengguncang Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB), Ahad, 29 Juli 2018. Gempa bumi tektonik mengguncang Lombok, Bali dan Sumbawa pada Ahad (29/7) dengan kekuatan 6,4 skala Richter (SR). Lalu Onank/Social Media via REUTERS

    Dwikorita did not forget to remind people to avoid believing any hoaxes following the earthquake since the BMKG is continuously monitoring the earthquake’s development from the main headquarters in Jakarta.

    Current reports state that the earthquake killed 10 people, left dozens injured, and buildings damaged. No tsunami alert was sounded following the quake.

    She further explained that the BMKG analyzed that the Lombok earth quake is considered to be a shallow earthquake caused by the Flores back arc thrust upwards fault. Reports have suggested that the quake was felt in regions such as North, West , Central, and East Lombok, Mataram, Denpasar, Kuta, and Singaraja.

    ANDITA RAHMA