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7.4 Magnitude Earthquake that Shook West Java on August 2, 2019 Felt in Bali

A very powerful earthquake measuring 7.4 magnitude on the Richter Scale struck off the southeast coast of Java shaking Banten in West Java on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 7:03 pm local time.

The quake was felt over a wide area, including minor tremors in Bali that is located a full 1.5 hour flight by modern aircraft from the quake’s epicenter.

Data supplied by the Meteorological. Climate and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) placed the epicenter at 7.54 degrees southern latitude and 104.58 western longitude at a depth of 10 kilometer. The quake emanated from a location 147 kilometers southwest of Sumur in Banten.

Press reports counted at least five people as having died in connection with the earthquake that violently shook the Province of Banten in West Java and communities surrounding the Sunda Straits located between Java and Sumatra.The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) blamed the deaths on heart attacks and people falling in the rush to evacuate buildings in Sukabumi, Lebak and Pandeglang.

Frightened local residents – estimated at 1,0000 sought temporary shelter in the governor’s office in Lampung on Saturday, the day following the earthquake.

About 1,000 people were still sheltering at the governor's offices in Lampung on Saturday afternoon. An estimated 223 houses were damaged in the seismic event.

BMKG issued a tsunami warning at the time of the earthquake urging people across a wide area to seek higher ground. The tsunami warning was lifted 2.5 hours after the jolt.

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