Bandung (ANTARA) - Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said that an earthquake with magnitude 6.5 in Garut District, West Java, did not have the potential for a tsunami.

"The modeling results show that this earthquake does not have the potential to cause a tsunami," the head of the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Center Daryono said in Bandung on Sunday.

He explained that the tectonic earthquake occurred in the sea on Saturday evening (April 27) at 11:29 p.m. local time at a distance of 156 kilometers southwest of Garut District at a depth of 70 kilometers.

The shock was felt in several districts including Tasikmalaya, Garut, Sukabumi, and Bandung City. However, until Saturday evening, there had been no official report on the impact caused by the earthquake.

The earthquake was an intermediate type due to the rock deformation activity in the Indo-Australian Plate which was subducted under the Eurasian Plate in the south of West Java.

The agency concluded by paying attention to the epicenter location and the depth of the earthquake hypocenter.

"The result of the epicenter mechanism analysis showed that the earthquake had an upward movement mechanism," he said.

Daryono said there was no aftershock activity until 11:55 p.m. local time.

However, he appealed to the public to avoid buildings that are easily damaged or cracked when an earthquake occurs.

"Remain calm and not be influenced by issues whose truth cannot be justified," he added.

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