BMKG educates coastal communities about potential earthquakes and tsunamis

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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta Head of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), Dwikorita Karnawati, at the Wednesday opening of the Earthquake Field School in Cilacap, Central Java Regency, recalled to the public the vulnerability to earthquakes and tsunamis along the southern coast of the island of Java. She called on local governments and residents to always prepare for the worst-case scenario.

“Cilacap, which is located on the south coast of Java, faces the plate collision zone between the Indian Ocean plate and the Eurasian plate. According to the worst-case scenario tsunami modeling results, it is feared that there is a potential for a tsunami with a height of more than 10 meters on the coast of Cilacap, following an earthquake with a height of more than 10 meters, with a magnitude 8.7 in the megathrust zone during plate collision,” Dwikorita said at the Cilacap Geophysics Center BMKG station on July 27.

The SLG workshop has been centered around educating people about earthquakes and tsunamis since 2021, and also acts as a vessel for the BMKG with local communities in forming ‘tsunami ready communities’ to strengthen its touted ‘disaster resilient village resilience’ programme. ‘

Dwikorita said the worst-case scenario she mentioned was not a prediction, but rather the result of a study by seismic experts and others in the field. However, it is unclear when it will occur, as there is no technology so far that can predict when an earthquake will occur.

Dwikorita said that BMKG, together with local governments, BNPB/BPBD and relevant stakeholders, regularly organize SLGs in earthquake and tsunami prone areas.

MARIA FRANSISCA LAHUR

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