Jakarta: Multiple earthquakes measuring over 5.0 on the Richter scale jolted several areas in Indonesia on early Monday morning, though no immediate reports were received thereafter of any damage and casualties.
The Jakarta-based Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that the first 5.2-magnitude earthquake rattled Yogyakarta at 2:50 a.m. local time.
The second earthquake, of magnitude 5.5, shook southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh Province, at about 7:58 a.m. local time, while the third quake jolted northwest of Maluku Tenggara Barat Regency in Maluku Province at around 9:08 a.m. local time.
The agency revealed that the earthquake striking Yogyakarta was centered some 105 kilometers away from southwest of Bantul Regency, at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The tremors of this quake, triggering no tsunami, could not only be felt by the residents of Bantul Regency but also those living in areas, such as Purworejo and Wonogiri in Central Java, and Pacitan in East Java, according to the agency.
In the meantime, the epicenters of two other earthquakes were located at 121 kilometers away from Banda Aceh, at a depth of 10 kilometers, and at 151 kilometers away from the Maluku Tenggara Barat Regency, at a depth of 114 kilometers, the BMKG revealed.
Located on the Circum-Pacific Belt, also known as the Ring of Fire, the meeting points of several tectonic plates where frequent volcanic and seismic activities occur, Indonesia is susceptible to natural disasters, including earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Indonesia's earthquake zones spread from the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Flores, and Alor to the Banda Sea as well as the islands of Seram, Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua. (antara)Artikel Asli