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Jakarta Post

City starts inspecting buildings for earthquake readiness

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 7 2018   /  01:20 am

The Jakarta administration is inspecting high-rise buildings, starting on Jl. Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin to prepare the city for a mega earthquake.

The Jakarta Spatial Planning Agency, which oversees buildings in the capital, was focusing on buildings taller than eight floors, said agency head Benny Agus Chandra.

The city has over 800 high-rise buildings, city data shows.

Benny said as long as the buildings followed the codes stipulated in the 2012 Indonesia National Standard (SNI) on construction planning to withstand earthquakes, they should be able to withstand certain ground acceleration. SNI 2012 on earthquakes is 150 pages of detailed guidelines.

The guidelines were drawn up with help from, among others, the Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster ...