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    The Megathrust Earthquake in the Sunda Strait is Unpredictable


    BANDUNG-Head of Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Rudy Suhendar said natural disasters such as earthquakes can not be predicted when will happen, but can only be mitigated by scientific as a precaution to minimize casualties and victims of property.

    Like the issue of Megathrust earthquake that will destroy Jakarta because it was in the Sunda Strait recently, according to Rudy Suhendar, it is not true.

    "When did the earthquake no one knew, except God. We can only predict about which areas are vulnerable and how big they are. This is to anticipate it, "he told reporters on Thursday (8/3).

    According to him, Indonesia is an area passed by three major faults, namely the Eurasian plate, Australian throw and Pacific plate. The positive impact is the region of Indonesia is rich in natural resources, ranging from West to East.

    On the other side is also a region with high disaster vulnerability, such as earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, and eruption of Mount Merapi. Related to the Megathrust earthquake that is considered to destroy Jakarta and surrounding cities including in West Java, according to Budi Suhendar it does not need to be exaggerated.

    "Jakarta is still safe to live in, it is necessary vigilance. Among them make good urban planning, do not build in disaster prone locations, "he said.

    To note Jakarta had been hit by a major earthquake in the year 1699, 1780 and 1834, but did not cause large casualties because the population was still a little.

    But if it happens, the maximum strength of the Megathrust earthquake can reach a scale of 9.2 on the Richter scale. However, the earthquake will not occur in Jakarta, but on the Sunda Strait plate, with a distance of about 10 kilometers from Jakarta, so the impact is also not great.

    "Potential magnitude of the earthquake can be calculated scientifically, but when the occurrence can not be predicted," he said. While he hopes the government to socialize the handling of natural disasters and appealed to people, especially those in Jakarta and West Java to remain calm and alert. jo

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