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Earthquake Today: Magnitude 5.3 Shook West Papua, The Tremors felt up to Nabire

Based on the results of the analysis by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Department (BMKG), it shows that this earthquake has a parameter..

Penulis: Lia Sisvita Dinatri
Editor: Lia Sisvita Dinatri
Earthquake illustration - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 rocked West Papua at 14.54 WIB, Thursday (18/3/2021).

Based on the results of the analysis by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Department (BMKG), it shows that this earthquake has a parameter update with a magnitude of M 5.2. 

Head of the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Center, Bambang Setiyo Prayitno MSi in his written statement said that the epicenter of this earthquake was located at coordinates 4.08 LS and 134.02 East Longitude. 

The exact location is in the sea at a distance of 57 kilometers southeast of Kaimana, West Papua, at a depth of 10 kilometers. 

Bambang said, by observing the location of the epicenter and the depth of the hypocenter, the earthquake that occurred was a type of shallow earthquake due to local fault activity. 

"The analysis of the source mechanism shows that this earthquake has a strike slip movement mechanism," he said.

Even though the location of this earthquake occurred at sea, the BMKG modeling results did not show the potential for a tsunami.

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However, a number of regions felt the tremor of the earthquake with varying intensity scales. 

As in the Kaimana area, which felt the impact of tremors from the shock of this earthquake with the MMI IV intensity scale. It is said that when it is during the day, tremors are felt by many people in the house.

In addition, the Nabire area also felt the shock of this earthquake with an intensity scale of II-III MMI, where tremors are felt real in the house and tremors are felt as if a truck is passing by. 

Meanwhile, BMKG monitoring results until 15:15 WIB, Thursday (18/3/2021), haven't shown any aftershock activity yet.  

People are asked to avoid buildings that are cracked or damaged by the earthquake. (*)

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