People along the south coast of Java said they were concerned about the information circulating in several local media about the possibility of a large earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 degrees followed by a tsunami 20 meters high in the coast of Cilacap, Yogyakarta to Java The east.
In response to the public disturbances, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) finally issued a press release to clarify the information.
In this communication, the BMKG emphasized that Indonesia, as an active region of earthquakes, can occur at any time and with different intensities.
So far there is no technology that can predict earthquakes accurately, or when they occur, or where or how much power, so BMKG can not predict them.
Based on expert study, the megathrust area of southern Java has the potential for earthquakes with a maximum magnitude of 8.8, but this is a potential and not a prediction. What really happens nobody knows.
For this reason, the BMKG invites all parties to carry out structural and non-structural mitigation efforts through the construction of earthquake-proof buildings, tsunami-proof coastal planning and the development of communities' capacity to survive. in case of accidents.
In addition, the BMKG called on all communities to remain calm and ignore unfounded rumors.
Siaran pers BMKG