5.0M earthquake hits Jember, East Java: BMKG
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – A tectonics earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 struck the southern region of East Java on Thursday, December 16 at 6:01:33 a.m. Western Indonesian Time (WIB). The earthquake is said to have caused damage in several areas of the Jember regency.
“So far, earthquake damage has been reported in several areas of Jember,” Daryono, earthquake and tsunami mitigation coordinator at the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, said Thursday ( BMKG) in Jakarta.
The quake was centered at 8.55 degrees south latitude and 113.48 degrees east longitude, or precisely in the sea 43 kilometers southwest of Jember, and at a depth of 26 kilometers. It was believed to have been triggered by rift activity on the seabed.
The initial magnitude recorded was 5.1 and was subsequently updated to 5.0. Based on the modeling results, it did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami.
Daryono said that the earthquake tremors were felt strongly in Puger on the MMI V scale and in Jember on the IV scale. The quake was also felt in Bali, especially in Denpasar, Kuta, Legian at scale III; Banyuwangi at II-III MMI scale; and Jimbaran, Karangkates, Lumajang and Bondowoso at MMI Scale II.
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