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Jakarta Post

Scientists call for seismic motion mitigation

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 5 2018   /  12:15 am

It has been more than a decade since scientists warned Jakarta about the potential for a strong earthquake in the Sunda megathrust to cause significant damage to the capital. However, an earthquake in January that caused buildings in Jakarta to rock serves as a reminder that the city might not be prepared for
the worst.

Scientists have urged the central government and Jakarta, home to 800 high-rise buildings, to intensify efforts to mitigate the effects of earthquakes by inspecting buildings, allocating funds for research and opening access to data for such studies.

Danny Hilman Natawidjaja, a researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), said over the weekend that there were a limited number of studies on the subject, particularly as it related to megathrust earthquakes. “The government is not exactly indifferent when it hears this, but it goes into pani...