JAKARTA: The Indonesian Meteorological, Climatic and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) has recorded more than 145 aftershocks in Cianjur in West Java since yesterday and estimates that the aftershock activity in the area will only subside in the next four days.
Head of BMKG, Dwikorita Karnawati said, the seismic development in the area is not worrying because the tremor activity is seen to be weakening, but residents still need to be careful due to the rainy weather that can cause landslides.
“The smallest is 1.2 on the Richter scale and the BMKG estimates that in about four days, the earthquakes will decrease and stop.
“However, the region of West Java has already entered the rainy season, therefore it is necessary to prepare for impacts such as potential landslides. What is urgent is to immediately deal with piles of soil, garbage and wood,” he said.
Dwikorita also explained that earthquakes in Cianjur occur in a 20-year cycle and the last time the area was hit by a major earthquake was in 2000 and 1982.
“Earthquakes can repeat in the next 20 years. So during the reconstruction phase, the government needs to pay attention to making buildings earthquake-resistant,” he said.
Last Monday, a strong earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale shook the region of Cianjur, West Java and the death toll reportedly increased to 268 people since yesterday with 122 people of that number already identified.
Yesterday, the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) confirmed that a total of 58,362 residents in more than 12 districts lost their homes after nearly 22,198 residential units were destroyed by the disaster.-AGENCIES
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