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Today's Earthquake: Magnitude 6.0 Shakes Mentawai with 2 Aftershocks

Head of the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Center, Bambang Setiyo Prayitno MSi said the earthquake's epicenter was located at coordinates 3.23° South ...

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TRIBUNBATAM.id - The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Department (BMKG) reported the latest earthquake, shaking the Mentawai region at 5.48 WIB with a magnitude of 6.0. 

Based on the results of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Department (BMKG) analysis, this earthquake update parameter was then updated to M 5.9. 

Head of the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Center, Bambang Setiyo Prayitno MSi said the earthquake's epicenter was located at coordinates 3.23° South Latitude; 100.11° East Longitude. 

The exact location is in the sea at a distance of 135 kilometers southwest of Mukomuko City, Bengkulu at a depth of 21 kilometers. 

Even though it is located at sea, the BMKG modeling results do not indicate a potential tsunami. 

However, the results of BMKG monitoring until 06.30 WIB, Tuesday, (8/3/2021) showed that there were 2 aftershock activities with magnitudes M 5.4 and M 3.6. 

In addition, it is also known that by taking into account the location of the epicenter and the depth of the hypocenter, the earthquake that occurred was a shallow earthquake due to the subduction activity of the Indo-Australian Plate subducting under the Eurasian Plate.  

"The results of the analysis of the source mechanism show that the earthquake has a thrust fault mechanism," he said. (*) 

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