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This document presents a new national earthquake hazard map developed by a team of Indonesian scientists in recognition of the serious earthquake risk Indonesia is prone to. It estimates the chances of ground shaking caused by earthquakes across Indonesia and revises national building standards to ensure that buildings and infrastructure are resilient to earthquakes in order to reduce the number of fatalities.
The new hazard map incorporates the lessons learnt from recent deadly earthquakes in Indonesia such as those in Sumatra and Java. It has been developed using better information and more advanced methodologies than previous earthquake hazard maps. It aims to support building standards, to be used to educate people about the earthquake risks that they face, and to help them to better protect themselves and their families from future earthquakes.
The new map was developed by a multi-disciplinary team of 11 Indonesian earthquake experts from the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), as well as the Energy and Mineral Resources and Public Works Ministries; with the support of Australia through the Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction (AIFDR) as well as Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Ministry of Public Works and Ministry of Science and Technology. It was launched on 16 July, 2010 by Pak Djoko Kirmanto, Indonesia’s Minister for Public Works (PU) and is the first output of a 4-year multi-agency project supported by the AIFDR to help the Government of Indonesia better understand its earthquake hazard.