Scientists have identified a potential risk of a devastating tsunami in the region chosen for Indonesia’s new capital. Researchers have mapped multiple ancient subterranean landslides in the Makassar Strait between Borneo and the Sulawesi Islands. They claim that if a landslide occurs again as before, the area proposed for the new capital could cause a tsunami like the sinking of Balikpapan Bay. This information was given in a report of BBC online today.
Harriet-Watt University researcher in the United Kingdom. “We need to do more to assess the situation properly,” said Usden Nicholson. Even if we only talk about ‘low frequency, high impact’ events, the Indonesian government needs to consider the risks. ‘
A British-Indonesian research team has used seismic data to understand sediments and their structure on the surface of the Makassar Sea. The survey looked at mud, sand and silt in 19 specific areas. Can
Aberdeen University researcher. These landslides are called mass transport deposits (MTDs), said Rachel Brackenridge. These can be easily extracted from earthquake data. They have recorded 19 such incidents.
Despite the threat of a landslide, the researchers could not give an idea of when it could happen.
Earlier in 2016, Indonesia: Two tsunamis occurred due to landslides. So unlike the 2004 Sumatra tsunami, awareness of the tsunami caused by the landslide is growing.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced last year that the Indonesian capital would be moved from Jakarta to Borneo.