Minor quake sends shivers down Japanese spine

Published on : Wednesday, January 29, 2014

earthquake-300x300The tremors in the aftermath of the quake and mild earthquakes continued to affect Yogyakarta late on Monday evening.

The latest earthquake, which had a magnitude of 5.3 on the Richter scale (RS), was weaker than the 6.5-magnitude quake that occurred last Thursday, but locals remained sceptical due to the collective trauma suffered following a major earthquake in the city in 2006.

Based on data from the Yogyakarta branch of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the epicenter of Monday’s quake was 8.16 degrees due south and 109.26 degrees due east, 68 kilometers west of Kebumen, Central Java, with a depth of 33 km.

Prior to Monday’s earthquake, at 12 nidnight. on Saturday, an aftershock measuring 4.7 on RS was felt by most Yogayakarta residents. Its epicenter was 65 km west of Gombong, Kebumen, with a depth of 92.5 km.

Traumatized by the disaster in 2006, several Bantul residents took turns to keep guard in case of another earthquake. “All of us left our houses. In the end, we stayed at our posts until dawn,” said Waskita, who lives in Sumbermulyo, Bantul.


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