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Jakarta Post

Quake hits Banten, West Java, few notice

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 29, 2019   /   04:13 pm
Quake hits Banten, West Java, few notice Seismological device for measuring earthquakes, earthquake wave on graph paper (Shutterstock/Belish)

A 5.2-magnitude earthquake hit Banten, West Java on Sunday night but many people said they did not feel anything.

The earthquake was recorded at 76 kilometers southwest of Pelabuhan Ratu city in Sukabumi regency, West Java, at a depth of 44 kilometers. According to the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), there was no tsunami alert issued for the earthquake and there were no reports of casualties or damage.

“Based on reports from the public, the tremor could be felt by residents of Pelabuhan Ratu, Cisolok, Malingping and Sukabumi. Other reports from people in Depok, Lembang, Jakarta, and Sawarna also showed that they experienced mild tremors,” BMKG earthquake and tsunami division head Rahmat Triyono said in a written statement on Sunday.

However, many people claimed that they did not feel any tremor during the earthquake.

“There was an earthquake in Jakarta last night? I was asleep, I didn’t feel anything at all,” Twitter user Andrie Rhesa wrote on his account @romojava.

The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) said in its statement on Monday that the epicenter of the earthquake was in the ocean. The cause of the quake was a subduction of the Indo-Australian plate beneath the Eurasian plate.

“The quake did not trigger a tsunami because even though the epicenter is in the ocean, the energy was not powerful enough to cause a disturbance under the sea,” PVMBG went on.