Why Has West Java Been Frequently Rocked by Earthquakes? This is the Explanation Page all

KOMPAS.com – A number of areas in West Java have been frequently rocked by earthquakes in recent times.

Is known, earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 rocked the Cianjur and surrounding areas on Monday (21/11/2022).

A few days later, namely on Saturday (3/12/2022), an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 also rocked Garut and its surroundings.

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Not only earthquakes with a magnitude above 5.0, a number of small earthquakes were also recorded in the West Java region.

The existence of a series of earthquakes in the West Java region is also busy on social media.

Oh God, what’s wrong with West Java from yesterday the earthquake continued to overwrite,” wrote one account.

So often bmkg lately earthquake updates and in West Java often. Stay safe everyone!said another account.

The intensity of the earthquake in West Java is increasing very much, why is that?!said another account.

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So, what causes the earthquakes in West Java?

Explanation BMKG

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Head of Center Earthquake and Tsunami The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Daryono explained, West Java is an active and complex seismic area.

Where active shocks can come from land or sea with quite intensive activity.

“If you do the math, among the islands of Java, West Java is the most active in earthquake activity,” he said when contacted Kompas.com, Sunday (4/12/2022).

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Daryono added, the West Java earthquake was very complex because there were many earthquake source.

Earthquake source originating from the sea, namely there are subductions, seafloor faults, megathrust zones and intraslab zones.

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The source of the earthquake was in West Java

Head of the Earthquake and Tsunami Center of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Daryono.Private Doc Head of the Earthquake and Tsunami Center of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Daryono.

Meanwhile, for the earthquake sources that are on the mainland, there are many active faults in West Java.

A number of these active faults such as Cimandiri, South Garut, Lembang, Padalarang, Balibis, and there are still uncharted faults such as the source of the earthquake that generated the Cianjur earthquake.

“If there are lots of earthquakes, that’s because there are many sources,” he said.

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According to him, it is normal for earthquakes to occur close together or at the same time. As well as a coincidence when the earthquake was active simultaneously.

“They have their own sources, have their own accumulation, have their own time to mature, have their own time to release energy,” he explained.

“So, that’s such a tectonic phenomenon,” he added.

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