The Jakarta-based Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) stated that the quake was epicentered at some 105 kilometers away from southwest of Bantul District in Yogyakarta Province, with assessments giving it a focal depth of 10 kilometers.
The agency reported that the trembler, which did not trigger a tsunami, could be felt not only by the residents of Bantul Regency but also those living in areas, such as Purworejo and Wonogiri in Central Java and Pacitan in East Java.
Located on the Circum-Pacific Belt, also called the Ring of Fire, the meeting points of several tectonic plates where frequent volcanic and seismic activities occur, Indonesia is susceptible to natural disasters, including earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
Indonesia’s earthquake zones spread from the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Flores, and Alor to the Banda Sea as well as the islands of Seram, Sulawesi, Maluku, and Papua.
On July 5, for instance, a 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck Blitar Regencies in East Java Province.
The tremors of the quake that jolted the town, where the grave of Indonesia’s founding father Soekarno is situated, were also felt in the regenices of Karangkates, Trenggalek, Nganjuk, Pacitan, and Jember in East Java Province.
Residents in several areas of the provinces of Yogyakarta and Central Java, including Kulonprogo, Bantul, Cilacap, and Wonogiri, also felt the tremors.
On June 22, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake had also struck Pacitan Regency, and its tremors could be felt by the local residents and those inhabiting Yogyakarta, Bantul, Sleman, Wonogiri, Tulungagung, and Karangates. (antara)