Earthquake 5.3 Magnitude Shaking North Maluku Wednesday, January 16, 2019

  • 2019.01.17 Thursday
  • 18:03

EMR Communication Team

MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES

REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA

PRESS CONFERENCE

NUMBER: 0058.Pers / 04 / SJI / 2019

Date: January 16, 2019

 

Earthquake 5.3 Magnitude Shaking North Maluku

The earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 shook North Maluku on Wednesday (1/16) at 17:49 WIB, this earthquake centered at a depth of 10 KM and was 128 km Northeast of Morotai Island, North Maluku.

 

"Based on BMKG, the epicenter of the earthquake is located at coordinates 128.7? BT and 3.48? LU, with a magnitude of 5.3", according to the report of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG),  Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources ( ESDM).

 

From the PVMBG analysis, the earthquake was estimated due to the subduction of Pacific Plate activity against the Philippine Plate. Where the geological conditions of the area adjacent to the epicenter are generally composed of volcanic rocks pre-tertiary and some rocks have undergone weathering.

 

PVMBG also revealed that this earthquake in North Maluku did not cause a tsunami wave, because its energy was not strong enough to cause deformation under the sea.

 

The community is encouraged to remain calm and follow directions and information from the local government. People are asked not to be provoked by irresponsible issues about earthquakes. In addition, the public was also asked to remain vigilant about the occurrence of aftershocks, whose energy is smaller than the main earthquake. (sk)

 

Head of Communication Bureau, Public Information Services, and Cooperation

Agung Pribadi (08112213555)

 

 

 

 

 

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