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5.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Tanimbar Islands, Maluku, No Tsunami Potential

A tectonic earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 shook the Tanimbar Islands Regency, Maluku, today, Wednesday (9/1/2021) afternoon. 

Penulis: Lia Sisvita Dinatri | Editor: Irfan Azmi Silalahi
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5.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Tanimbar Islands, Maluku, No Tsunami Potential. Earthquake Illustration 

TRIBUNBATAM.id, AMBON - A tectonic earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 shook the Tanimbar Islands Regency, Maluku, today, Wednesday (9/1/2021) afternoon. 

The earthquake that occurred at 16.36 WIT was located at 6.16 South Latitude and 130.83 East Longitude or 148 km northwest of Larat and 208 km north of Saumlaki, Southwest Maluku

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Department (BMKG) Ambon Station said the epicenter of the earthquake was in the sea at a depth of 139 km. 

Until now, there has been no official report on whether or not there was any damage caused by the earthquake

Even so, the BMKG ensured that the earthquake didn't have the potential to cause a tsunami, so residents in the area no need to worry.  

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"The earthquake has no potential for a tsunami," said the Ambon BMKG Station in a written statement. 

Maluku Province is one of the regions in Indonesia that is included in an earthquake-prone area.

Earthquake Illustration (Kristianto Purnomo)
Earthquake Illustration (Kristianto Purnomo) (kompas.com)

This is because Maluku is located at the confluence of three large plates, namely Indo Australia, Eurasia and the Pacific.

The Indo-Australian Plate goes under Eurasia and meets the Pacific Plate. 

The meeting of the two plates causes irregular faults, which often trigger earthquakes in Maluku.

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(TRIBUNBATAM.id/Lia Sisvita Dinatri)

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