Flash Update No. 02 – M7.4 Earthquake in Southwest Banten, Indonesia – 03 August 2019 – Indonesia

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Flash Update No. 02 – M7.4 Earthquake in Southwest Banten, Indonesia – 03 August 2019 – Indonesia | ReliefWeb

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  • A M6.9 earthquake with 48-km depth, struck Banten on Friday (02 Aug 2019) at 19:03
    (UTC+7) evening where the tremors were felt in Jakarta, Bandung, and several parts of Java
    and Sumatra. The earthquake, which preliminarily identified as M7.4 with 10km depth, was
    felt 1-5 seconds in Lampung area, and was felt 5-20 seconds in Java.
  • Authorities had called on people living in coastal areas to move to higher ground but not to
    panic. Earlier, officials said the quake may have a maximum potential to generate a tsunami
    as high as 3 meters, the warning was lifted two hours later when no wave materialised.
  • The strong quake was felt in the capital Jakarta where buildings swayed and people rushed
    out of high-rise buildings. According to BNPB, one (1) person died of a heart attack amid the
    panic and one (1) elderly man died after feeling exhausted during the evacuation.
    Furthermore, in Lampung (Sumatra), as many as 1,000 people returned home, after taking
    shelter in the gubernatorial office in the Lampung province during the evacuation.
  • In addition, the earthquake have caused damaged to several public infrastructures such as
    mosques, offices, and educational centres.
  • Currently, the provincial DMO (BPBD) is leading the coordination with the local DMO to
    conduct rapid monitoring and assessment on the ground, and also to support the evacuation
    procedure. Soon after the earthquake struck, BNPB sent the Rapid Response Teams (TRC)
    to ground zero, to support the local government in conducting post disaster assessment,
    together with several ministries and agencies, National Police, and National Army.
  • Based on BNPB press conference (03 Aug 2019), situation is normalised and currently most
    of internally displaced people have return to their homes. BNPB also convey their
    appreciation and praise the people in the affected areas for their responsiveness to follow
    the evacuation procedure.
    • The situation is within government of Indonesia capacity.
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