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Jakarta Post

High-rise buildings in Jakarta audited in wake of earthquakes

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 28, 2018   /   06:24 pm
High-rise buildings in Jakarta audited in wake of earthquakes A woman takes a picture of high-rise buildings in the Sudirman area, South Jakarta, on Oct. 25, 2017. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Because Jakarta has been declared an area prone to earthquakes, the administration is conducting audits on high-rise buildings and skyscrapers to ensure that they can withstand tremors.

On Wednesday, Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno said city officials have been conducting audits on high rise buildings across the city.

“Yesterday, the Artha Graha building [in Senayan, Central Jakarta] was inspected. Today, we’re auditing the BNI 46 building [in Sudirman, Central Jakarta],” he said on Wednesday, adding that they would conduct a similar audit on old buildings as well.

Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency chairwoman Dwikorita Karnawati told a seminar entitled Gempa Bumi Megathrust Magnitudo 8,7. Siapkah Jakarta? (8.7 Magnitude Megathrust Earthquake. Is Jakarta ready?) in Jakarta on Wednesday that the capital was prone to earthquakes due to it being surrounded by active fault lines.

 “Auditing a building is a mitigation step to ensure that it can withstand tremors for quite long time after the quake happens, giving people inside the building enough time to flee,” she added. (vla)