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Earthquake in the South of Java Island Tonight

Earthquake shocks are felt strongly in some parts of Indonesia, Friday night, December 15, 2017. The earthquake occurred twice, with a lapse of time of about 40 minutes.

The quake freaked out Jakarta residents living in tall buildings. Meanwhile, residents in coastal Cilacap, Central Java crowded evacuate away from the beach.

Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said the earthquake that occurred at 23:47 magnitude 7.3 SR.

“The epicenter is in the sea, 74 km southwest Kawali,” the BMKG statement in the Twitter account, @ InfoBMKG, Friday (15/12/2017). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 105 km.

The quake was also recorded by the US Geological Survey Agency (USGS). However, the strength of the recorded earthquake was different.

On its website, USGS mentions, the earthquake that occurred in the island of Java magnitude 6.5 SR. The center is in Cipatujah.

“An earthquake with a strength of 6.5 SR shook Java waters in Indonesia,” the USGS revealed.

“The earthquake occurred at a depth of 91.9 kilometers at coordinates of 7.734 ° S 108.023 ° E.”

USGS said the epicenter of the earthquake was about 52 km southeast of Tasikmalaya, West Java.

Shocks caused by the earthquake are felt by residents in several cities, in Java, Bali, to West Nusa Tenggara. The power of shocks varies.


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  1. We can prepare for typhoon or hurricane. We have little time for fire. None at all where earthquake is concerned. It is a sad reality. I used to live in a condominium and quakes can give you anxiety. I hope that people will recover just the same for the “loss”.

  2. I am glad to see you are all right but an earthquake is frightening. That is one downside to many areas in New Zealand. You may have heard of the earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand in the South Island where many people died.
    The most recent serious earth quake hit the north of the South Island, Kaikoura and although there were few casualties, it cut off whole towns so there was no road access. Now the roads are open and have just come right.
    Not only Kaikoura but it hit Wellington over Cook Strait in the North Island.
    New Zealand is sitting on Geographic plates or fault lines, and is often having earth quakes.

    • Thank you for your caring, Pamela. The earthquakes are scary indeed. But I fully believe that everyone is under the will of God then we have our own way. I’ve heard about the disaster you mentioned and New Zealand is a disaster-prone area. It is also similar to Indonesia, perhaps slightly below because geographically Indonesia is an archipelagic country located at the confluence of four tectonic plates namely the Asian Continent, the Australian Continent, the Indian Ocean plate and the Pacific Ocean. In the southern and eastern parts of Indonesia, there is a volcanic arc stretching from Sumatra Island, Java – Nusa Tenggara and Sulawesi, whose sides are both old and low volcanic mountains, partly dominated by swamps. The condition is very potent as well as prone to disasters such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and landslides. Data show that Indonesia is one of the world’s highest seismic states, more than 10 times the level of seismicity in the United States.

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