(ORDO NEWS) — Residents of Bulelenga, Bali and the surrounding area were startled by a loud crash on Sunday morning, January 24. The earthquake sensor of the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) recorded this as an anomaly.
Earthquake and Tsunami Agency Coordinator Dariono confirmed that many residents reported the mysterious explosion. Some were shocked that the windows were thrown open by the loud crash. Some have also claimed to have seen a meteor falling in the north or in the sea off Bali.
Loud explosions were reported by many, especially in northern Bali. One of three BMKG seismographs in Singaraj recorded tremors at 10:27 a.m. Central Indonesian Time (WITA) for about 20 seconds. After analysis, it turned out that this vibration was not caused by the earthquake.
The force of shaking the earth’s surface from this event was comparable to an earthquake of 1.1 points. However, scientists have not yet been able to establish the exact place of the meteorite fall.
Some people in Kintamani and Besakih saw a meteorite going southwest. Residents of Buleleng who performed the traditional ceremony also claimed to have seen an object flying in the sky. Fishermen on the Buleleng coast made a similar statement. “It probably exploded in the air, so people just felt the shock wave,” experts say.
The head of the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan), Thomas Jamaluddin, said they do not have a meteorite detector near Bali. He added that if people witnessed the passage of a fireball, followed by an explosion, most likely it was a space object.
“It could have been a large meteor or asteroid that entered the atmosphere that caused an explosion due to the asteroid’s shockwave,” Thomas said.
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