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Jakarta Post

‘Stay alert’: BMKG monitors fault in South Sumatra after consecutive earthquakes

  • Yulia Savitri

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang, South Sumatra   /   Thu, March 19, 2020   /  09:49 am
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A view of Mt. Dempo in Pagar Alam, South Sumatra.(Wikimedia Commons/Susansumi)

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has recorded an increase in seismic activity around a local fault in Pagar Alam city, South Sumatra, beginning on Feb. 27. The most recent tremor was confirmed to have occurred on Sunday morning with a magnitude of 2.1 on the Richter scale.  Earlier, a total of 10 minor earthquakes occurred, including two earthquakes on Feb. 27, one earthquake on March 4, two earthquakes on March 6 and four earthquakes on March 9. The magnitude of the earthquakes ranged from 1.5 to 3.2. “We’re still focusing on monitoring the fault’s activity because it’s uncommon. Hopefully, no major earthquake will follow,” BMKG’s Kepahiang-Bengkulu Geophysics Station researcher Sabar Ardiansyah told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. He went on to explain that small earthquakes rarely occurred successively at the lo...