Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) emphasized that the Great Sumatran fault stretching across the island's mainland does not trigger a tsunami.

Head of the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Center Daryono, in his statement here, Friday, responded to the viral video post about the Great Sumatran Fault that is said would cause a tsunami.

The video, with a duration of less than one minute, showed the geographical map of Sumatra Island with some vertical red lines indicating the faults. The video has become viral, with tens of thousands of viewers.

According to Daryono, his side regretted the false information because its narrative said the Great Sumatran Fault will cause earthquake and a tsunami on the island this year.

The BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Center team responded to this and ensured that the information was a hoax, as it was not based on science and exerted negative impact on residents living on the coast of Sumatra.

Daryono explained that the Great Sumatran Fault may potentially cause earthquakes, so all parties must always be on standby, but it does not cause a tsunami.

"However, the Sumatran fault does not cause a tsunami, as the video mentioned that a tsunami will occur this year. It is not true or a hoax," he clarified.

The BMKG expected that the authorities can immediately take action against the accounts that disseminated the false information in order to prevent more problems in the community.

Furthermore, Daryono expected the public to specifically obtain information about natural disasters, such as earthquakes and tsunamis, from BMKG official channels and other verified institutions.

He stated that the public is advised to verify the information before sharing it on social media.

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