An earthquake measuring 7.4-magnitude struck off Indonesia’s Banten province on Friday, and authorities issued a tsunami warning, Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) said.
Residents stand outside in the street after a strong earthquake hit the area around Jakarta on August 2, 2019. [File Photo: AFP via VCG/BAY ISMOYO]
According to the agency, the tremor hit at 7:03 p.m. local time (1203 GMT), with the epicenter at 7.54 degrees south latitude and 104.58 degrees east longitude at a depth of 10 km.
Epicenter was located 147 km southwest of Banten’s Pandeglang regency district of Sumur.
The BMKG issued tsunami warning for several areas in Banten and southern Sumatra.
Areas that could be hit by tsunami are Pandeglang, West Java’s Sukabumi, Sumatra’s Lampung and Bengkulu provinces, BMKG said.
The quake, which lasted about 30 seconds, was also strongly felt in capital Jakarta, where people rushed out of their houses and buildings in panic. They waited outdoors while checking information updates from related agencies through their cellphones.