Hundreds of buildings in Banten, West Java damaged after earthquake – Archipelago

A. Muh. His Son Aqil (The Jakarta Post)

Sat, January 15, 2022

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Hundreds of buildings, including houses, places of worship and community health centers (Puskesmas), were damaged in a magnitude 6.6 earthquake that struck the western part of the island of Java on Friday.

The quake’s epicenter was reported in the Indian Ocean, near Ujung Kulon National Park in Banten, at a depth of 40 kilometers and occurred at 16.05 local time, according to the Climatology and Meteorological Geophysics Agency. (BMKG).

It was followed by five aftershocks, the strongest of which was recorded with 5.7 magnitudes at 4:49 p.m. The BMKG did not issue any tsunami warnings.

Pandeglang Regency in Banten, closer to the epicenter of the quake, was damaged. According to data collected by the regency on Saturday, at least 1,100 houses, 13 schools, 14 health centers, three government office buildings and four houses of worship were damaged as a result of the earthquake.

In Serang Regency, 16 houses suffered moderate damage, while 36 houses in Lebak Regency were also damaged. At least nine houses in Sukabumi Regency in West Java and eight houses in Bogor Regency, also in West Java, were damaged.

The quake affected Jakarta and its surrounding cities and regencies, such as Bogor and Depok in West Java. The aftershocks reached West Lampung Regency, Lampung.

In Jakarta, people were seen pouring from the office towers at Jl. Sudirman during the tremors.

BMKG chief Dwikorita Karnawati said Friday’s quake was shallow, given the depth of its epicenter. He added that it had been a tectonic earthquake, unlike the December 2018 earthquake and tsunami, which was caused by the eruption of Anak Krakatau in the Probe Strait.

He said people in the quake-hit areas should stay calm, try not to be swayed by rumors about the quake and get their information from BMKG verified channels.

He added that they should avoid buildings damaged by the earthquake and make sure that their homes or offices are not damaged before re-entering.

“We should also prepare our homes in the event of an earthquake preparing unobstructed evacuation routes or a strong indoor shelter, such as second – floor hardwood desks. [and up]”said Dwikorita.

He said outdoor evacuation points should be in an open area away from structures that could fall or collapse.

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