According to the organization, there is no chance of a tsunami following the earthquake. Even though Jakarta is 200 kilometres from the epicenter, it was felt there. The West Java region of Indonesia saw a 6.1-magnitude earthquake on Saturday, according to the nation’s geophysics agency BMKG, which caused residents to flee their homes.
According to the organization, there is no chance of a tsunami following the earthquake. Even though Jakarta is 200 kilometres from the epicenter, it was felt there. Abdul Muhari, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, reported that one person was hurt and four homes were damaged in the town of Garut (BNPB).
On social media, some residents of neighboring West Javan towns and cities claimed to have felt the earthquake very strongly. A Reuters witness in Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, reported that hotel guests fled the structure but later came back.
More than 300 people were killed last month when a shallow 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Cianjur in West Java. Suharyanto, the head of BNPB, told the local news station MetroTV on Saturday that authorities were still conducting checks in further locations close to the epicentre.
The epicentre is quite deep this time, so hopefully the damage is not as severe as Cianjur, he told MetroTV.
The depth of the earthquake, which had been estimated to be 118 kilometers (73 miles) deep at first, was later corrected to 109 km. A smaller 2.9 magnitude earthquake struck nearby the first quake over an hour later, according to BMKG, at a depth of 107 km.