New Tsunami Hits Southern Java Indonesia – July 17

Tsunami hits West Java, Indonesia in Google EarthJust a few hours ago a series of earthquakes, including one of 7.7 magnitude, occurred south of West Java, Indonesia. A tsunami struck the region resulting in property damage, injuries and death. Death tolls have been climbing in news reports. Here’s a news report from the BBC. Initial reports of the tsunami were in Pangandaran which according to a quick Google search is located here . You can see current data on seismic activity from the USGS earthquake monitoring network link here. The earthquake data is positioned over the center of the disturbance, colored by how long ago it occurred, and the size indicates the magnitude.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Navneeth says:

    Wow…updates of ‘quakes within an hour! This is an amazing program. Thanks for the link.

  2. Navneeth says:

    And just half an hour before I downloded this file, a mag 5.1 goes off in the same region!

  3. Cyclonic says:

    Great blog Frank. I learned about the quake happening here instead of on the news. Lets hope no tsunamis are as bad as that Xmas one a couple years back.

  4. Finally I found a service that should have been in place years ago due to our technically capabillities.
    Get an SMS on your mobile phone when an Tsunami Warning comes out…
    Unfortunately it has to appear first with lot’s of damage until something happens.
    In a guestbook I ran over a coupon code for some discount: INDONESIA607PR10
    At least now we have a choice….

  5. This is a great site, but I need more information on how the tsunami formed and what made it happen.
    Thank you,

  6. This sounds like you know what you’re doing and everything, but in order for it to be beneficial information for me, I need clarification on a few points. I’m “reasonably educated,” and I feel like I have a niche that people would pay attention to. (And I’m using your Modicus theme!) But what is the proper motivation for blogging? And how do you “professionally” market your blog? As in, how can I get more readers? Is it in your archives? If so, just let me know.
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