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Jakarta Post

Bandung’s resort town of Lembang located on 29-km moving fault

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Thu, May 23, 2019   /  03:24 pm
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Bosscha Observatory astronomist Denny Mandey tells an audience about the Zeiss equatorial double refractor, currently the largest telescope at the observatory, in the Zeiss Dome, Bosscha Observatory, Lembang, West Bandung, West Java, on Saturday. The telescope, which has been in operation since 1928, is usually used for astrometric observations, particulary for determining visual or astrometric binary star systems.(JP/Arya Dipa)

Ulep Cahyana, 42, and Atin Suhartini, 38, were watering the vegetables in their garden when they felt the earth move. They could see the walls of houses in the neighborhood collapsing. Panic spread across Kampung Muril in Jambudipa village, West Bandung regency, West Java. Women who were cooking for iftar ran out of their house. “All of us screamed,” Atin said. It was Ramadan in 2011 and the date was Aug. 28. The earthquake measured only 3.3 on the Richter scale, but about 380 families reported damages to their home. Most of the damages were minor but some were severe. The earthquake was the moment when Ulep and Atin learned about the Lembang Fault and that their kampung is located west of the fault. “We did not know about the fault before [the earthquake],” Ulep said. A screen capture of Lembang fault on Google Earth provided by scientist Mudrik...