Pangandaran, Banten, jolted by magnitude-5.9 earthquake

Pangandaran, Banten, jolted by magnitude-5.9 earthquake

A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Indian Ocean, south of Java, some 212 kilometers south of Pangandaran, Banten Province, on Saturday at 8:51 a.m. local time, though no potential of triggering a tsunami.

Jakarta (ANTARA) - A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Indian Ocean, south of Java, some 212 kilometers south of Pangandaran, Banten Province, on Saturday at 8:51 a.m. local time, though no potential of triggering a tsunami.

The recent update indicated that the quake measured 5.6 on the Richter Scale, Rahmat Triyono, spokesman of the Earthquake and Tsunami Center of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), stated.

The quake's epicenter was located at 9.63 degrees southern latitude and 108.51 degrees eastern longitude, and at a depth of 33 kilometers (km) below sea level.

The residents of Pangandaran, Tasikmalaya in West Java, Cilacap, Banyumas in Central Java, Karangkates, Blitar, Tulungagung and Kediri in East Java felt the quake at Modified Mercalli Intensity (MMI) II-III, while those living in Banjarnegara, Kebumen in Central Java, Bantul in Yogyakarta, and Solo in Central Java felt the earthquake at II MMI.

"Taking into account the location of the epicenter and the hypocenter depth, the shallow earthquake resulted from the Indo-Australia plate subducting beneath the Eurasia plate," he explained. EDITED BY INE
 

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