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MRT running as usual after quick halt as quake hits Jakarta

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 2, 2019   /   09:12 pm
MRT running as usual after quick halt as quake hits Jakarta Passengers crowd the Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle MRT Station in Central Jakarta in this file photo taken on June 6. (kompas.com/Cynthia Lova)

Indonesia’s first ever subway system, the MRT in Jakarta, has resumed normal operation after being halted for a while following the earthquake that hit the capital city on Friday evening.

Trains had stopped operating for 10 minutes and 43 seconds after a 7.4-magnitude earthquake jolted the southern coast of Banten, causing shocks in the capital, corporate secretary of the city-owned operator PT MRT Jakarta Muhammad Kamaluddin said.

“We’d like to inform that the MRT has started operating normally again after the earthquake in Jakarta. Our operational team is running an inspection to ensure that all MRT stations and facilities are in normal condition,” he said in a written statement on Friday.

He added that the team had not reported any casualties.

A Twitter user with a handle @deanmedi shared a photo on his account of a 5-minute delay announcement at the MRT Istora station in Senayan, South Jakarta.

Spanning 15.7 kilometers from Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta, the railway service has seven elevated and six underground stations.

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