M 5.7 Earthquake South of Pandeglang Felt in Jakarta

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency or BMKG recorded a magnitude 5.7 earthquake in the Indian Ocean that was felt all the way in Jakarta. The earthquake struck south of Pandeglang, Banten Province at 11:28 a.m. on Thursday 17 August.

According to the BMKG, the epicenter was in the sea at 112 kilometers southwest of Muarabinuangeun, Banten, with a depth of 50 kilometers. The agency said that the quake did not cause a tsunami.

“It is a shallow earthquake due to rock deformation in the Indo-Australian plate slab (intraslab) which is subducted under the Eurasian Plate,” the BMKG’s head of the Earthquake and Tsunami Center, Daryono, said in a written statement.

The earthquake was quite strong on a scale of III to IV MMI, as felt in Nyalindung, Tegalbuleud, and Ciambar in Sukabumi.

In Tangerang, the earthquake was felt at a smaller scale of III MMI, while in Bogor and Jakarta at a scale of II MMI, causing hanging objects to sway.

Zacharias Wuragil

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