5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Mentawai, No Tsunami Potential

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported an earthquake measuring 5.2 magnitude rocked the Mentawai Islands area, West Sumatra (West Sumatra) on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 00:04 WIB.

Reporting from the BMKG website in Jakarta, the location of the earthquake was located at 1.00 degrees south latitude (LS) and 98.58 degrees east longitude (BT) centered 14 kilometers in the depths of the sea.

BMKG reports that there is no potential for a tsunami due to the earthquake in the Mentawai Islands area. However, the BMKG appealed to the public to remain vigilant for possible aftershocks.

Indonesia is one of the earthquake-prone countries in the world because it is located in the Ring of Fire area. From 1950 to 2022, Indonesia is recorded to have 58 active volcanoes.

According to a report by the Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program, Indonesia was ranked first as the country with the most number of volcanoes in the world as of June 5, 2022.

The large number of active volcanoes in Indonesia is due to the geographical location of the country in the Pacific Ring of Fire zone, where 75 percent of the world’s volcanoes originate from this region.