JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) calls on the public to be aware of the potential for sea waves as high as 1.25 to 4 meters. The potential high waves are expected to occur on several of Indonesian waters in the next few days from September 11-13, 2019.
The increase in high waves occurs because there is a low pressure center of 1004 hPa in the eastern Pacific Ocean of the Philippines. Wind patterns in the northern part of Indonesia are generally from Southeast - South with a speed of 4 - 30 knots, while in the southern part of Indonesia from East - Southeast with a speed of 4 - 30 Knots.
The highest wind speeds are observed in the Southern Waters of Banten, the West Waters of South Sulawesi, the North Maluku Sea, the Kep Waters. Sangihe - Kep. Talaud, Halmahera Waters, Sorong - Raja Ampat Waters, Merauke Waters, eastern Arafuru Sea. This condition resulted in an increase in wave height around the area.
This was conveyed by the Public Relations Section and the Legal Bureau at BMKG, on Wednesday (09/11/2019).
Based on BMKG monitoring results, a number of territorial waters in Indonesia are likely to experience high waves with a height of 1.25 to 2.5 meters.
These waters include North Sabang Waters, Sulawesi Sea, Sabang Waters - Banda Aceh, Bitung Waters - Manado, Aceh West Waters, South Sulawesi Periaran, South Flores Waters, South Maluku Sea, Savu Sea, Halmahera Waters, Ombai Strait, Halmahera Sea, P. Sawu to P. Rotte - Kupang, South Sula to Banggai, southern Karimata Strait, Banda Sea, Java Sea.
Besides that in the southern waters of Ambon, the northern waters of P. Madura to Kep. Kangean, Flores Sea, South Kalimantan Waters, North Sermata - Tanimbar, Kotabaru Waters, North Kai to Aru, Makassar Strait, Sorong Waters, Balikpapan Waters, Fak-Fak Waters - Kaimana, Selayar - Sabalana, Agats Waters - Amamapere, Wakatobi, Sarmi Waters, Tolo Bay, Cendrawasih Bay, and Manui Waters - Kendari.
BMKG also predicts other Indonesian waters that have the potential to experience higher waves in the range of 2.5 to 4 meters.
The territorial waters are West Simeulue Island to Mentawai, Sangihe to Talaud, Bengkulu Waters to West Lampung, North Maluku Sea, West Indian Ocean Sumatra, South Sermata to Tanimbar, southern Sunda Strait, South Waters of Kai to Aru, South Java Waters to Sawu Island, Arafuru Sea, Bali Strait - Lombok - Alas the southern part, North Pacific Ocean Halmahera to Papua.
High wave potential in some of these areas can pose a risk to shipping safety. To that end, BMKG always appealed to people who live or move on the coast, especially fishermen who use boats to be aware of wind speeds.
Beware of wind speeds of more than 15 knots and wave height above 1.25 m, Barges with wind speeds of more than 16 knots and wave height above 1.5 m, Ferry boats with wind speeds of more than 21 knots and wave height above 2.5 m, Ships Large sizes such as Cargo/Cruise vessels with wind speeds of more than 27 knots and wave height above 4.0 m to always be vigilant.