An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 shook the province of Banten on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 7:03 p.m., local time.
According to information from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the epicenter of the earthquake occurred at coordinates 104.58 ° East and 7.54 ° LS, with a magnitude of 7.4 ° at a depth of 10 km, 137 km southwest from Sumur, Banten.
Meanwhile, the United Geological Survey Unites (USGS) recorded earthquakes at coordinates 104.806 ° East and 7.29 ° LS with magnitudes M6.8 at depths of 42.8 km.
The BMKG issued a tsunami warning, with waiting status, in southern Pandeglang and the southern coast of Lampung. It was also alerted in Pandeglang Utara, Lebak, the western coast of Lampung and the coast of Bengkulu.
The earthquake was felt with the intensity of MMI III-IV in Pandeglang and the south coast of Lampung, and with intensity II-III MMI in Jakarta, Bandung, Depok to Yogyakarta.
It was reported that the PGA post at Gunung Anak Krakatau in Pasauran, around Carita Beach, had no damage, and an earthquake was felt on the scale of MMI II-III. The surrounding residents fled to the hills, away from the beach.
It was reported that several houses in Pandeglang collapsed after the earthquake that shook the western part of the island of Java.
According to the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG), the Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the area adjacent to the epicenter of the earthquake is the coastal area of southern Banten, West Java and Lampung, soils generally composed of Quaternary sedimentary rocks.
Quaternary and tertiary rocks that have resisted decomposition are loose, not yet compact, and these characteristics could reinforce the effects of earthquakes.
Depending on the location of the epicenter and its depth, earthquakes are associated with the subduction of the Indo-Australian plate beneath the Eurasian plate.
The community is encouraged to remain calm and follow the instructions and information of local BPBD officials. Do not be seduced by myths or unfounded rumors regarding the tsunami earthquake.
The community must remain alert to the occurrence of aftershocks, which are expected to be of lesser magnitude.
Until the moment of this news, there is no information on the number of victims and the damages caused by the earthquake, although the tsunami warning has ended.