Bengkulu Jolted by Twin Earthquakes

Two earthquakes occurred within the span of 7 minutes, causing locals to rush out of the house on Wednesday (8/19) morning. The twin earthquakes were followed by minor aftershocks.

A screenshot from BMKG website showing information about the earthquake in Bengkulu on Wednesday (8/19) morning.

ACTNews, BENGKULU – Twin earthquakes shook Bengkulu on Wednesday (8/19) morning. The first tremor occurred at 5:23 a.m. local time with magnitude of 6.9 at a depth of 10 kilometers. It was followed by a magnitude 6.8 earthquake seven minutes later with the depth of 11 kilometers. The Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) noted that the earthquake did not pose a tsunami threat despite the epicenter being located in the ocean.

Apra Julianda Poetra from the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) Bengkulu said that the earthquake was very much felt in the city of Bengkulu. When the earthquake happened, the locals panicked. They scuttled out of their houses. Luckily, until now, there have been no reports of damage due to the earthquake.

"Currently, the conditions in the city have returned to normal, but the locals are still afraid and on alert just in case of aftershocks. The team from ACT and Masyarakat Relawan Indonesia is on standby,” he explained.

BMKG’s Head of Earthquake and Tsunami Mitigation Division, Daryono, said that the two earthquakes that occurred almost simultaneously and on two nearby locations are called "doublets". After the twin earthquakes, five aftershocks with a strength of magnitude 3.4 to 4.9 were reported. "People should avoid buildings that are cracked or those that can collapse easily," said Daryono.

Apart from earthquakes, recently various natural disasters have hit Indonesia, ranging from floods, drought, to fires. For people who want to help victims of natural disasters, ACT through its Indonesia Dermawan website opens the opportunity for all parties to take part in acts of kindness in facing disasters. []