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The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has clarified that the purpose of a recent study conducted by the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), which found that Indonesia is vulnerable to a potential 20-meter-tall tsunami following a megathrust earthquake, is aimed at bolstering Indonesia’s disaster mitigation infrastructure and reducing the potential losses and damage due to the disaster.
The research has received significant media coverage over the weekend, gaining traction among social media users who were worried that the study was an exercise in fear-mongering disguised as science.
BMKG head Dwikorita Karnawati reassured the public that the study, which was conducted in collaboration with the agency, ITB and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, was a valid scientific endeavor. She explained that the study was intended to gauge the country’s disaster mitigation capabilities – including its early warning system – in the event of a 20-m-tall tidal wave predicted to emerge following a major quake that affects regions along the southern parts of Java Sea, among other regions.
She called on the public and regional administrations to remain vigilant and contribute to the local disaster mitigation services to reduce future losses and damages caused by potential tsunamis and earthquakes.
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