Sumedang Earthquake: Citimun Village Formerly Named Tjitimboen

PUBLISHED,- January 8 2024. The New Year celebrations have not yet begun, the sun is still shining, it has not yet rolled west, the atmosphere in Citimun village is as usual, some of the residents are just resting after gardening.

According to local residents, Iman Paryanto, via telephone, said that there were no signs of anything from the surrounding environment, however, suddenly a loud rumbling sound came from underground, followed by the sound of the roof of the house shaking. Without warning, Iman and her family immediately ran out of the house and looked for a large space, “Incidentally my own house is right on the side of the road, but the roar and shaking were so worrying, and for me the first shock was actually the most frightening one,” he explained.

Based on records from the Geological Agency, the earthquake that occurred on Sunday, December 31 2023, occurred several times, the first shock occurred at around 14:35, with a magnitude of 4.1, then continued at 15:38 with a magnitude of 3.4, and before new year at 20:34 with a magnitude of 4.8. 

Again, according to Iman, where he lives is exactly at the foot of Mount Tampomas, meanwhile the earthquake point shown on maps distributed via the media, is only about 4 km away. “So you can imagine the panic in the local community, including me,” he said. Iman himself has only lived in this area for approximately 6 years, previously he lived in Bandung, after entering retirement, he brought his family, living in Citimun, Cimalaka District. 

Based on the explanation of his neighbor, who has lived in CItimun since birth, the name Citimun used to be called Citimbun, “for some reason the name then changed to Citimun,” explained Iman. Regarding the name of the area, the author then searched various official sites that provide information on maps from the past, it turns out that it is true that the Citimun area, where Iman lives, was previously called Tjitimbun (can be seen in the picture)

Origins of the Citimun Region

Citimun Village is a village in the Cimalaka District area. The location is in the northwestern part of the Cimalaka District area. The distance to the sub-district center is about five kilometers to the northwest. The area is crossed by the main route connecting Cimalaka with Tanjungkerta.

Citimun Village is the main village that was expanded. Citimun Village experienced two expansions of the village area. The Citimun Village itself was founded in 1805, long before Indonesia became independent. With further development and population growth, Citimun Village was split into two villages in 1980. Citimun Village was split into Citimun Village and Naluk Village. Then in 1984, Citimun Village was split again into two villages, namely Deas Citimun and Padasari Village.

Previously, Citimun was called Tjitimbun, the name Tjitimbun was given because a disaster had previously occurred in this area, namely the presence of countless piles of sand over a long period of time. Various efforts have been made by the community to deal with the piles of sand. According to Iman’s story to the author, Iman added that up to now what has been happening is illegal sand mining, “Even the Regent revoked the mining permit in the middle of last year because local residents objected to the destruction of nature.” Explain via whatsapp message. According to existing data, five illegal sand mines have been stopped in Cimalaka sub-district, because they did not have a mining permit.

Assistance for Damaged Homes

Returning to the issue of earthquake management, until this article was published, the National Disaster Management Agency noted that more than 1,300 houses had been damaged. The central government has prepared Rp. 60 million in stimulant assistance funds to repair residents’ houses that were heavily damaged by the earthquake in Sumedang Regency, West Java. This is the press release issued by BNPB, responding to the damage caused by the earthquake that occurred in Sumedang. Then at 20:34:24 WIB. Based on information from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency.(RN)