Maluku Earthquake Shaken 5.0 SR, Maluku - The 5.0 SR tectonic earthquake shook West Southeast Maluku (MTB) Regency, Maluku Province, on Wednesday (16/1) at 8:40 a.m. The Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said the earthquake had no potential to cause a tsunami.
"The epicenter of the earthquake is located at coordinates 6.93 LS - 128.97 BT with a depth of 10 KM. Precisely at 109 KM Northwest Tepa, 238 KM Northeast Kisar and 177 KM East Sea Tiakur, capital of Southwest Maluku district) MBD) and 283 KM Northwest of Saumlaki, the capital of the MTB district, "said the Head of BMKG Class I Ambon, Sunardi.
According to him, the modeling results show that the earthquake did not have the potential for a tsunami, and to date there have been no reports of the damage caused. The BMKG monitoring results also have not shown any aftershock activity.
"We urge people to remain calm and not be affected by issues that cannot be justified," he said.
Data from the BMKG Class I Ambon Meteorology Station as many as 1,587 earthquakes rocked Maluku Province throughout 2018. During 2018 there were 1,587 earthquakes rocking Maluku province, 61 of which were felt but did not cause damage to other facilities.
The earthquake that occurred in the Maluku region was caused by the activity of releasing energy in the plate collision zone and in the active fault zones in the Maluku region.
Even though there were quite a lot of earthquakes, the earthquake did not cause damage and could potentially cause a tsunami. Maluku is an area prone to earthquakes and tsunamis, because it is at the confluence of three large plates, namely the Pacific, Indo Australia and Eurasia.
The Indo Australian plate goes under Eurasia and meets the Pacific plate. The meeting of the two made an irregular fault. rk