TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has issued a warning of possible aftershocks within one to two days following a magnitude 6.2 earthquake that rocked West Pasaman Regency, in West Sumatra.
“Over the next 1-2 days, there will be potential for lesser aftershocks,” the agency’s deputy for geophysics, Suko Prayitno Adi, told a news conference Friday, May 25. February.
Residents are therefore asked to stay away from houses damaged or cracked by the strong earthquake. “People residing on sloping areas are also advised to leave their places temporarily due to fears of possible landslides,” Suko said.
West Pasaman was hit by a powerful earthquake at 08:39 local time this morning. BMKG said its epicenter was 0.14 degrees north latitude and 99.94 degrees east longitude, or precisely located on land, 12 km northeast of West Pasaman, west Sumatra at a depth of 10 km. The shallow earthquake was triggered by activity on the Sumatra Fault and was found to take place on a strike-slip fault.
The earthquake was previously preceded by a preliminary earthquake measuring 5.2 magnitudes. As of 10:06 a.m. local time, the agency recorded 15 aftershocks with the largest magnitude of 4.2.
Lt. Gen. Suharyanto, head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), confirmed that a number of buildings had been damaged, including SDN 19 Kinali Government Primary School and West Pasaman Regent’s Office . In addition, two people died and 20 others were injured.
“We are still collecting data. We sent a team on the spot, Suharyanto spoke about today’s earthquake in West Pasaman at a press conference on Thursday.
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