Tsunami Warning After Earthquake Off Southern Java

An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck off the West Java coast on Friday night (15/12). (JG Photo)

By : Telly Nathalia | on 1:45 AM December 16, 2017
Category : News, Featured, Disasters

Jakarta. The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, or BMKG, issued a tsunami warning after an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck off the coast of West Java on Friday night (15/12).

The warning is for the southern coast of Central Java and West Java.

The epicenter was at the Indian Ocean's floor, at a depth of 105 kilometers, 43 kilometers southwest of Tasikmalaya and 48 kilometers southwest of Sukabumi — both in West Java.

The quake was followed by another with a magnitude of 6.9. Each lasted about a minute.

According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) head Sutopo Nugroho, several houses collapsed in Tasikmalaya. The agency is now assessing the situation.

BNPT Central Java head Sarwa told Kompas TV that seawater entered the streets in the districts of Kebumen and Cilacap in Central Java.

Residents have been ordered to leave high-rise buildings until further notice.

Strong tremors were recorded in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung and Depok (West Java), Karangkates, Ngawi, Madiun and Nganjuk (East Java), Badung (Bali) and Mataram (West Nusa Tenggara).

No casualties have been reported.

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