JAKARTA: Earthquakes occur almost daily in Indonesia: BMKG

JAKARTA: Earthquakes are something of a norm in Indonesia – almost every other day, seismic activities take place in the country which is located on the Pacific Rim.

According to the website of the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), moderate and mild earthquakes are occurring almost on a daily basis.

Most of the seismic activities occur underwater with the epicentres hundreds of km off the coast, causing tsunami concerns.

In January 2018 alone, a total of 44 earthquakes were recorded in Indonesia.

A strong earthquake – 6.1 on the Richter Scale, occurred in Lebak Banten on Jan 23, about 153km from Jakarta, which also ‘shook’ the capital with a population of 10 million.

Earthquakes do not affect Malaysia much in general, but according to data from the Ministry of Tourism Indonesia, more than a million Malaysians visit the country each year.

So what should be done in case of an earthquake? First, is not to panic, and follow the instructions of the authorities; If you are in a building or a house, take refuge under the table to avoid being hit by anything from above; Do not use the lift during the evacuation process, instead, walk down using the emergency staircase; If you are in an open space, avoid being near tall trees or monuments; If you are on the beach, head to higher ground, as there are chances of a tsunami occurring.

An earthquake may also cause nausea and dizziness as it affects the body’s equilibrium. — Bernama

Posted on 1 February 2018 – 10:47am


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