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Jakarta Post

West Java prone to more quakes

  • Yuli Tri Suwarni

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Fri, August 13 2010   /  09:57 am

Scientists warned Thursday of rising seismic activity in southern areas of Java, mainly south of West Java, urging residents to remain alert.

A 5.8-magnitude quake struck Thursday morning and was centered 145 kilometers northwest of the West Java town of Sukabumi at a depth of 10 meters below sea level.

There were no reports of casualties and damage but the tremor was felt in Bandung, Garut, Tasikmalaya and even Jakarta, located about 200 kilometers away.

“I wondered why my bed was shaking vigorously,” said North Bandung resident Linda Damajanti Sukmana on Thursday. “Then I realized it’s a quake.”

People living in Sukabumi coastal area rushed out of their houses when the quake hit, Najmudin Aziz, Cipatujah subdistrict head Najmudin Aziz told Antara, adding the quake did not cause any damage or injuries.

Geologist Danny Hilman Natawijaya of t...