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Thursday, 15 October 2020 13:18

Central Java Provincial Government Conducting Preparations in Facing Tsunami on South Java Coast

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Central Java Governor - Ganjar Pranowo                                                                                                                                                                                                                              VOI-NK


Governor of Central Java, Ganjar Pranowo said that the Central Java provincial government is preparing for a potential tsunami on the southern coast of Java with various contingency plans as well as outreach and education to the people in the area. This was done based on the earthquake activity recorded from various sources including the Meteorology, Climatology, Geophysics Agency, BMKG. The signs of a tsunami have been known to have potential in the Indian Ocean through research some time ago, which then raised questions regarding the megathrust in the Indian Ocean covering the central and southern parts of Java. So it is important to pay attention to these danger zone areas. This was said by Ganjar Pranowo, during a virtual discussion on Disaster Risk Reduction Month Commemoration, as reported by Antara in Jakarta, Monday (12/10)

Governor Ganjar Pranowo said that the readiness to face a tsunami on the south coast of Java was not sufficient only with contingency plans and socialization, but also preparation of evacuation routes and temporary shelters. These efforts are being prepared, including in areas that have been mapped, including Cilacap, Kebumen, Purworejo and Wonogiri. The Governor said there were more than 600 thousand people threatened by a tsunami in the four regions.

On the other hand, education for the local community is also an important point in disaster preparedness. Take for example in Japan, the damage caused by the tsunami can be minimized by the presence of many trees. This has been monitored in Kebumen where there are Sea Pine or Shrimp Pine trees that have grown lush and tall. According to Governor Ganjar, if the areas in the southern part are planted with lots of trees, this might be help prevent the worse impact of the tsunami. Furthermore, the Governor said, tsunami disaster mitigation also includes an alarm that functions when the system receives information or warnings.

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