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Jakarta Post

At first sign of trouble, don't wait on tsunami warning. Just run to higher ground: BMKG

  • Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 26, 2019   /  05:02 pm
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A fisherman collects his net in Pantoloan, North Palu, Central Sulawesi, on Saturday. Palu’s economy is steadily recovering following the earthquakes and tsunami.(ANTARA/Mohamad Hamzah)

Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) chairwoman Dwikorita Karnawati told people in Maluku that when an earthquake strikes, do not wait for the BMKG's tsunami warning. Just run to higher ground, she said at the launch of a Sekolah Lapang Gempabumi (SLG) (disaster mitigation school) in Ambon, Maluku, on Monday. “Based on our calculations, there is a very narrow evacuation window period during an earthquake. We’ve even been able to predict that, in certain areas, a tsunami could possibly strike as soon as two minutes after the quake,” she said in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Dwikorita called on the public to start evacuating on their own as soon as an earthquake hit the region, saying that waiting for an early tsunami warning from the BMKG or the local administration could prove to be disastrous. She added that it...