KOMPAS.com – Some time later, reports regarding the earthquake in Java were distributed under the name of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).
The viral message said that LIPI was aware of the occurrence of large-scale earthquakes on the island of Java in the near future.
Through his press release, LIPI said that all the words and phrases in the chain message were a form of rotatable information that had been deliberately made to cause unrest in the community and that could be categorized as additional information that was hoax.
Meanwhile, link or link the message in the message actually came from the results of interviews with senior researchers at the LIPI Geotechnology Research Center, Dr. ir. Danny Hilman Natawidjaja, M.Sc., with One TV News uploaded to Youtube on January 24, 2018.
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Eko Yulianto, head of the LIPI Geotechnology Research Center, also said that the news broadcast on Berita Satu TV was intended as an education for the wider community that indeed lives in earthquake-prone areas.
The scientist's statement about the vigilance of the earthquake itself is always very general given the mechanism of repeated earthquakes and the geological time context that varies over time from thousands, even millions of years, not 24 hours.
"That is, as someone geologist (geologist) put forward a statement about a threat of the earthquake, it is a generic statement because we live in a place where earthquake sources are, "he stressed.
That is why LIPI also urged the public not to provoke and to get panicked by the message.