BMKG: Aftershocks May Occur in Papua

The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency said northern West Papua was included in the category of an area with an active earthquake zone. Hence, there is the possibility of aftershocks occurring.

Magnitude 5.0 earthquake
Magnitude 5.0 earthquake rocks Papua, Thursday (8/26/2021). (BMKG)

ACTNews, PAPUA – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency says there is a possibility of aftershocks in Papua. Previously, on Thursday (8/16/2021), the Jayapura region, Papua, was rocked by a magnitude 5.0 earthquake.

"The earthquake rocked Jayapura City for approximately three seconds. Be careful of possible aftershocks," said Head of Regional Disaster Management Agency Jayapura City Bernard Lamia in a statement received by ACTNews, Friday (8/27/2021).

According to the BMKG's official website, the earthquake occurred at 07:54 Western Indonesia Time. The coordinates were 2.13 South Latitude - 140.49 East Longitude or 51 km northwest of Jayapura at a depth of 10 km.

The BMKG stated the northern part of West Papua was included in the category of an area with an active earthquake zone. "We must always be vigilant because strong earthquakes can occur at any time in the active earthquake source zone, which of course can cause severe damage," said the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Mitigation Coordinator, Daryono.[]