A 4.8-magnitude earthquake was felt in Luwu Timur regency in South Sulawesi on Wednesday at 1:14 p.m. Jakarta time, following a 3.8-magnitude earthquake in Konawe Utara regency in Southeast Sulawesi, which occurred at 4:12 a.m. Jakarta time, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported.
BMKG Kendari official Rosa Amelia said the epicenter of the quake in Konawe Utara was about 63 kilometers northeast of Kendari and it was 11 km deep.
“As of now, there are no reports of casualties and damaged buildings,” Rosa said as quoted by Antara, adding that there was no tsunami threat.
As of 8 a.m., no aftershocks were recorded by the agency.
“We call on all residents to stay calm and conduct their activities normally.”
The epicenter of the 4.8-magnitude earthquake in South Sulawesi was on land, 58 km northwest of Luwu Timur regency, the BMKG reported.
#Gempa Mag:4.8, 03-Okt-18 13:14:13 WIB, Lok:2.16 LS, 120.86 BT (Pusat gempa berada di darat 58 km baratlaut Luwu Timur), Kedlmn:10 Km Dirasakan (MMI) II Masamba, II Palopo #BMKG pic.twitter.com/PWtS4BGum7— BMKG (@infoBMKG) October 3, 2018
Sulawesi, one of Indonesia’s largest islands, has been hit by natural disasters like earthquakes, a tsunami and the eruption of a volcano this week.
Last Friday, a 7.4-magnitude quake, which was followed by a tsunami and soil liquefaction, hit Central Sulawesi leaving more than 1,400 people dead. The quake was also followed by several big aftershocks.
On Wednesday morning, Mount Soputan in North Sulawesi spewed a 4,000-meter high column of ash into the air, prompting authorities to raise the alert status to Level III, which is the lowest level. (vny)