Breaking News; 6.1 M Earthquake Occurs in West Sumatra, 2 People Died

earthquake damage (illustration)

This Friday morning (25/2), West Sumatra was hit by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1. The earthquake that hit the West Pasaman area, West Sumatra, originated at 0.15 latitude, 99.98 east longitude (17 km northeast of West Pasaman – West Sumatra) with a depth of 10 km.

The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) explained that fortunately, the earthquake did not cause a potential tsunami.

BMKG also explained that the earthquake was caused by the activity of the Sumatran fault.

“The results of the analysis of the source mechanism show that the earthquake has a strike-slip mechanism,” said Head of the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Center, Bambang Setiyo Prayitno.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located at coordinates 0.14 degrees North Latitude, 99.94 degrees East Longitude, or precisely located on land at a distance of 12 kilometers northeast of West Pasaman, West Sumatra, at a depth of 10 kilometers.

Earthquake shocks were felt in the Pasaman area with an intensity scale of V MMI, namely the vibrations were felt by almost all residents, many people woke up. Meanwhile, in Agam, Bukitttinggi, and Padang Panjang, the intensity scale of IV MMI is felt by many people in the house during the day.

In Padang, Payakumbuh, Aek Godang, and Gunung Sitoli, vibrations were felt on the MMI III intensity scale, where vibrations were felt in the house and felt as if a truck was passing.

In Pesisir Selatan, Rantau Parapat, Nias Selatan, and Bangkinang, with an intensity scale of II MMI, some people feel vibrations and light objects that are hung sway.

Meanwhile, regarding the fatalities and injuries caused by the earthquake, provisional data on Friday (25/2) until 11.50 WIB, the Head of the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) stated that 2 people died and 20 were injured. person.

Furthermore, data on material losses include 1 unit of heavily damaged educational facilities, as well as damage to banking facilities, the community meeting hall, and the hall of the West Pasaman regent’s office.

BNPB urges the public not to panic too much in responding to the earthquake so that they are not easily provoked by negative issues that are spreading. However, BNPB also asked the public to remain vigilant and alert in case of aftershocks.

Furthermore, BNPB asked the public to check the strength of the post-earthquake building to prevent it from collapsing and causing more victims.