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Raising Awareness of Living on Fault Lines

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The Lembang fault, which marks the border between Lembang district, West Bandung regency, and Bandung city, West Java, will have a disastrous impact on the region if there is a land shift.

A number of new studies have revealed that major cities in Indonesia lie on top of active fault lines and are prone to catastrophic disasters. However, with preparedness and mitigation, the risks can be managed.

Fault lines are cracks in the ground caused by seismic activity influenced by endogenous forces from within the earth. Earthquakes occur when rocks in the field of movement are exposed to pressure and break. Researcher Rahma Hanifa from the National Center for Earthquake Studies (Pusgen) said a fault line was generally considered to be active if there had been seismic activity marked by at least one earthquake in 10,000 years.

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