Strong earthquake jolts Adipala, Indonesia

Published on : Monday, January 27, 2014

earthquakeAn earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted 39km SSE of Adipala, Indonesia at 2014-01-25 05:14:20 GMT on Sat (2014-01-25 13:14:20 Beijing Time), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 83.18 km, was initially determined to be at 8.0044 degrees south latitude and 109.2383 degrees east longitude.

Earlier also, a powerful undersea quake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale rocked Java island of Indonesia on Saturday and caused damage to houses, but with no potential for tsunami.

The shake was also felt at West Java and Yogyakarta, driving panic and forcing people to rush out of houses and buildings, the official and spokesman for national disaster agency Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

The intensity of the quake was recorded at 3 to 4 MMI (modified mercalli intensity) at Pemalang, Purwokerto of Central Java, and 2 to 3 MMI in Pangandaran, Bandung city and 3 MMI at Tasikmalaya of West Java, the meteorology official said.

Two aftershocks measuring 4.9 and 4.3, respectively, on the Richter scale followed the main shock, also centering at seabed, he said.

“One house collapsed and several others suffered from damages in Krangdegan village at Purworejo (Central Java),” Sutopo told Xinhua, adding that further assessment was being conducted in the area and other quake-affected areas.

“In Yogyakarta, Cialacap and Kebumen, people were panic and quickly left their houses and office buildings,” he said.

Indonesia is vulnerable to seismic upheaval as it sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines surrounding the Pacific Ocean.


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