I felt the tremors twice. They were strong enough
Bogor, W Java (ANTARA) - A 5.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Sukabumi District, West Java Province, on Tuesday at 05.18 p.m. local time, with its tremors also being felt by those in Bogor City's areas. "I felt the tremors twice. They were strong enough," said Ani who works for a canteen at the Bogor city hall, Tuesday afternoon.

The quake's epicenter was located around 13 kilometers away from the northeast of Sukabumi District at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

The areas which are close to the earthquake's epicenter are, among others, Cikidang, Ciambar, Cidahu, and Klapanunggal in Sukabumi District as well as Panggarangan area of Lebak District in Banten Province.

Since it lies on the Pacific ring of fire, Indonesia is prone to natural disasters, including earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Over the past few years, a string of strong earthquakes repeatedly rocked many parts of Indonesia, causing serious catastrophes.

In August 2018, for instance, a series of strong earthquakes, including the 7.0-magnitude quake that shook Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara Province on August 5, had killed at least 555 people and caused injuries to 829 others.

The majority of the fatalities were residents of North Lombok District areas due to their proximity to the strong earthquake's epicenter. The repeated earthquakes had also damaged 23,098 houses and forced 134,236 people to be displaced.

Several of the events related to the earthquakes that had hit Indonesia in 2018 had never been witnessed before, such as the liquefaction in Palu; a tsunami that came earlier than the issuance of a tsunami warning in Palu, and the Sunda Strait Tsunami.

The Sunda Strait Tsunami, which struck certain coastal areas of the provinces of Banten and Lampung following the eruption of Mount Anak Krakatau on December 22, 2018, killed 437 people and seriously affected the lives of several residents in the disaster zones.

The deadly tsunami that hit the districts of Pandeglang, Serang, South Lampung, Tenggamus, and Pesawaran also caused injuries to 7,202 others and forced 34,817 people to take refuge. (INE)

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Editor: Azis Kurmala
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