A big mysterious explosion occurred on Sunday (24/01/2021), around 10.00 WITA (Middle Indonesia Time Zone). The explosion became a topic discussed by the public on social media and Whatsapp groups.
Komang Wagiastra (53), a fisherman from Kubutambahan, heard a mysterious explosion, while he was at sea. He thought that he was at a distance of 10 kilometers from the mainland at the time.
Various speculations appeared among residents regarding the mysterious explosion.
According to the Head of Public Relations of the Buleleng Police, Iptu Gede Sumarjaya, some residents saw an object shining in the sky just before the explosion occurred.
An allegation emerged that the mysterious explosion came from the Tamblang Dam, however, after investigation, there was no problem found in the Dam.
As reported from kompas.com, the Regional Earthquake Center (PGR), the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Region III Denpasar found a signal anomaly in the Buleleng area when the explosion occurred.
Observer PGR BMKG Region III Denpasar, Indira said that the signal anomaly lasted 20 seconds with a magnitude scale of 1.1.
Even so, the signal wasn’t an earthquake seismic signal. The signals weren’t recorded by several sensors in the vicinity and were detected in Singaraja only.
Meanwhile, Daryono, as the Coordinator for Earthquake and Tsunami Mitigation at BMKG, still couldn’t confirm the cause of the mysterious explosion in Buleleng.
“If the resident’s report is true, (that) they saw a meteor passing over Bali, then the shockwave phenomenon that occurred might have turned into a seismic wave, which could eventually be recorded by the BMKG earthquake sensor,” said Daryono.
Thomas Djamaluddin, Head of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (LAPAN), hasn’t confirmed the cause of the mysterious explosion. Moreover, LAPAN doesn’t have a meteor detector around Bali.
Meanwhile, Head of the Bali Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), Made Rentin, explained that the explosion predictably occurred at sea. And the case was still being under further investigation.