KOMPAS.com – A series of earthquakes struck Indonesia over the past two days, with the most recent measuring magnitude 5 on the Richter scale and jolting residents of Nias Island off the north end of Sumatra on Wednesday, July 8. The quake was also felt in North Sumatra.
“The epicenter of the quake is 47 kilometers southwest of Nias, at a depth of 14 kilometers,” said Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency [BMKG] official Buha M. Simanjuntak.
“The earthquake did not have the potential to trigger a tsunami. But it made itself felt in Nias.”
“The earthquake was pretty strong,” said Indah, a resident of the town of Gunungsitoli in Nias. “I thought I had a headache, but it turned out to be the tremors.”
“I felt the [earthquake] when I was sitting down,” said Nias islander Restu. “It felt like I was on a swing.”
The BMKG urged the public to stay calm and not to be affected by hoaxes.
The earthquake is the latest of a series of tremors that have been rocking Indonesia since Tuesday, July 8. The tremors struck six locales, among them Nias, Bengkulu, Pangandaran, West Java, Rangkasbitung, Banten, Jepara, Central Java and Donggala, South Sulawesi.
Greater Jakarta area
The 5.4 magnitued earthquake off Rangkasbitung has made itself felt in Jakarta and its satellite towns like Bogor and Depok.