Earthquake in southern Java has tsunami potential: BMKG

Earthquake in southern Java has tsunami potential: BMKG

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has stated that a 7.4-magnitude earthquake hit the Indian Ocean of southern Java on Friday (August 2, 2019), at 19.03.21 local time. (ANTARA/BMKG)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - A 7.4-magnitude Indian Ocean earthquake that hit southern Java Friday at 19.03.21 local time has the potential of a tsunami, the Meteorology, Geophysics and Climatology Agency (BMKG) has stated. The analysis showed that the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.4. The coordinates of the epicenter were 7.54 degrees southern latitude and 104.58 degrees eastern longitude in the sea at a depth of 10 kilometers, Head of the BMKG's Earthquake and Tsunami Center Rahmat Triyono said.

This earthquake has the potential of a tsunami with an early warning for the Southern Pandeglang region under threat-alert status (maximum height of 3.0 meters), Pandeglang on Panaitan Island threat-alert status (maximum height of 3.0 meters).

The other regions that have tsunami threats following the earthquake are Lampung-West Pesisir-South with threat-standby status (maximum height of 3.0 meters), North Pandeglang with threat-standby status (maximum height of 0.5 meters), Lebak with threat-standby status (maximum height of 0.5 meters).

BMKG hoped that people in those regions are "on standby" against any emergency and immediately evacuate if the tsunami hits. They are also required to heed every warning and stay away from coastal areas and river banks.

BMKG has asked people to only access and receive information regarding the incident and possible disasters from the agency which is distributed through official channels (Instagram/Twitter @infoBMKG), website (http://www.bmkg.go.id or inatews.bmkg.go.id), or via Mobile Apps (IOS and Android): wrs-bmkg (user: pemda, password: pemda-bmkg) or infobmkg.
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