Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake Shook Banten, Triggering Tsunami Early Warning

A magnitude 7.4 earthquake shook Jakarta and its surrounding areas on Friday (8/2) at 7:03 p.m.

ACTNews, JAKARTA – A magnitude 7.4 earthquake shook Jakarta and its surrounding areas on Friday (8/2) at 7:03 p.m. According to the information released by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the epicenter of the earthquake was located 147 km Southwest of Sumur – Banten. The hypocenter was 10-kilometer-deep. BMKG urges the public to be careful because of the potential tsunami.

"To people living in an area of ‘awas’ alert status, they are expected to pay attention and immediately direct the surrounding people to evacuate. For those living in area of ‘waspada’ alert status, please pay attention and direct the community to stay away from beaches and river banks," Rahmat Triyono said as the Head of BMKG’s desk of Earthquake and Tsunami, Friday (8/2).

Based on ACTNews’ observation in Cilandak, South Jakarta, there people who were still working in office buildings panicked. The tremors occurred for almost two minutes, and many of the people inside the buildings rushed out using the evacuation routes. Civil defense sirens still roared for 30 minutes after the tremors.

The Director of the Disaster Management Institute of Indonesia (DMII) Wahyu Novyan urged the public not to panic when evacuating themselves. "The first important thing is attitude. Don't panic. Second, if follow the floor captain (guide for building evacuation) if there’s any, follow their guide, then find the safest place to cover yourselves because we don't know if the building is strong enough to withstand the tremors. The safest places are, for example bones building, under the table, and gather at the gathering point usually below, outside the building, "explained Wahyu. Wahyu also asked the public to monitor and follow information developments. []