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5.2-magnitude earthquake shakes East Sumba, no tsunami potential

  • Djemi Amnifu

    The Jakarta Post

Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara   /   Thu, June 11, 2015   /  12:15 pm

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake hit Sumba Island, East Nusa Tenggara, at 1:32 a.m. local time on Thursday, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said.

The earthquake'€™s epicenter was located 38 kilometers below the surface.

'€œThe earthquake was large enough to be felt as it reached between 2 and 3 on the Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) scale in Waingapu. It had no tsunami potential. However, we want people to remain vigilant in anticipation of possible aftershocks,'€ BMKG Kupang'€™s head of geophysics station, Sudaryono, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.

He said the earthquake occurred at 10.63 south latitude and 120.85 east longitude while the quake'€™s epicenter was located at 104 kilometers southeast of East Sumba, 116 kilometers southwest of Sabu Raijua, 179 kilometers southeast of Central Sumba and 307 kilometers southwest of Kupang.

Sudaryono said today'€™s earthquake was the second earthquake to hit Sumba Island this month.

Previously, a 4.2 Ritcher scale earthquake hit Southwest Sumba with the quake'€™s epicenter located 130 kilometers southwest of Southwest Sumba and 10 kilometers below the surface at 11:04 a.m. local time on June 4, he said. (ebf)

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