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Jakarta Post

No massive quake to hit Jakarta, BMKG says

  • Novia D. Rulistia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 18 2011   /  07:00 am

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) shrugs off speculation that a massive earthquake measuring up to magnitude 8.7 would rock Jakarta as earlier predicted by the President’s special staff for social aid Andi Arief.

“It has never been written in earthquake history that Jakarta has been the epicenter of an earthquake, making it unlikely that we will experience a massive one,” the head of the BMKG’s earthquake and tsunami center, Suhardjono, told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

He said that an earthquake would only occur if two plates came together, one riding over the other, something that would unlikely happen in Jakarta as the closest plates to Jakarta were located in the western part of Sunda Strait and southern part of Banten, West Java.

“And they are far from Jakarta, more than 400 kilometers away,” Suhardjono said.

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