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Sunday, 28 April 2024 10:44

6.5 M Earthquake Strikes West Java's Garut Regency

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Earthquake in Garut Regency, West Java on Saturday (27/4/2024) as recorded by the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG). (Photo: Screenshot of BMKG data), Jakarta: A 6.5 M earthquake striked Garut Regency in southwestern West Java on Saturday (27/4/2024) at 23.29 local time. The earthquake epicenter was 151 km southwest of Garut, with a depth of 10 km.

Even though it was centered 151 km southwest of the regency, the earthquake vibrations were felt as far away as the province's capital Bandung in the central, according to the seismic graphic information released by the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG).​ Although the vibrations caused by the earthquake were quite strong, this does not have tsunami potential.


BMKG later explained that it was an intra-slab earthquake. Head of the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Center, Daryono confirmed this.


"This occurred due to deformation of rocks in the Indo-Australian plate. Rocks that subducted under the Eurasian plate in the south of West Java (intra-slab earthquake)," said Daryono in a press statement on Sunday (28/4/2024).


Not only Garut and Bandung, Daryono said that the cities in the Jakarta metropolitan area such as Tangerang, South Tangerang, Bogor, and Jakarta itself also felt the vibrations. Some towns and regencies in Central Java such as Kebumen, Banyumas, Cilacap, and Purwokerto are also felt. ( Wildan Pratomo, Dedi Hidayat, Yosua Sihombing)

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