President SBY's Special Staff for Social and Disasters Management Andi Arif told radio audience last Sunday that an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.7 on the Richter Scale could hit Jakarta and vicinity.
The Jakarta Globe quoted Andi Arif as saying that the epicenter of such earthquake would be located in the Sunda Strait (that separates the islands of Java and Sumatera).
In reaction to this statement, the Governor of West Java which borders with Jakarta, asked the public not to be panic. He said that he will coordinate with the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) to obtain more accurate data.
Further, a member of the House of Representatives criticized Andi Arif for making people panic with such prediction He said that Andi Arif should communicate it with the proper authorities i.e BMKG and the Ministry of Mineral Resource and Energy.
Considering that we are already very sick and tired of all those terrors caused by mysterious bombs, the so called NII, etc, I hope that government officials would not make any statements that would make the public panic.