Ml5.9 earthquake hits Indonesia close to Bengkulu – damaged houses

Last update: February 1, 2012 at 10:47 am by By

 

Earthquake Shakemap (Courtesy: BMKG, Indonesia)

Earthquake overview :

BMKG is reporting a moderate depth earthquake of magnitude 5.9 (29km deep according to BMKG, 69km deep according to USGS) near Bengkulu in Indonesia.

Informasi gempa Bengkulu – 5.9SR.

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UPDATE:  A number of damaged buildings occurred including the buildings of the Regional Investment Coordinating Board (BKPMD) Bengkulu province and the building Indonesia Journalists Association (PWI) Bengkulu.

Walls of two other buildings were cracked. The earthquake also made a collapsed the roofs of a number of houses. “The roof of my house collapsed due to earthquake. There are also some sections of the wall which cracked,” said Sido Mulyo Village residents, the city of Bengkulu.

UPDATE: The shock of the earthquake was strong enough to make most of the citizens of the cities of Bengkulu and Mukomuko jump and run out of the house to save themselves. It has caused much panic. In the city of Bengkulu, picture frames and paintings have fallen. A citizen of Mukomuko reported that the earthquake shaking was felt strongly and was of short duration.

UPDATE: There is currently no damage data coming out of Indonesia but it has been felt in Bengkulu. The hypocenter was offshore.

UPDATE: There is currently a large difference between hypocenters from various agencies. The Indonesian data gives the most chance of damage in Bengkulu.

 


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Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.6Mb (USGS), 5.3Mw (GEOFON), 5.9Ml (BMKG)
UTC Time : Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 07:14:27 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 14:14:27 UTC
Depth (Hypocenter) : 69km (USGS), 71km (GEOFON), 29km (BMKG)
Geo-location(s) : 30 km KOTA-BENGKULU, 34 km KEPAHIANG-BENGKULU , 42 km SELUMA-BENGKULU , 34 km BENGKULU-BENGKULU , 588 km BaratLaut JAKARTA-INDONESIA

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BMKG Data – 5.9Ml
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Historic earthquakes map
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Human impact map
GDACS earthquake report
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