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Scientists tout quake threat from Lembang fault near Bandung

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 29 2011   /  08:00 am

A scientist says people living near the Lembang Fault that lies about 9 kilometers from Bandung, West Java, are unaware about the danger of earthquakes.

Ngadi, a scientist at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences’ (LIPI) Population Research Center, said the government should educate people about the potential risks posed by earthquakes as part of mitigation efforts.

“To tell residents directly about evacuation routes would scare them. They must be informed incrementally,” he said on the sidelines of a workshop on public awareness and earthquake disaster mitigation at LIPI’s Geotechnology Research Center in Bandung on Wednesday.

Geological evidence suggests that large earthquakes have occurred on the Lembang Fault in the past and therefore might occur in the future.

Wednesday’s workshop was attended by members of regional disaster mitigation (BPBD) age...