Earthquake overview : A deadly earthquake has struck central Banda Aceh. 1 girl has been killed and a number of houses and mosques damaged and destroyed.
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A very strange earthquake has hit Indonesia.
A significant difference of over 70km exists in between the epicenters of BMKG and the USGS. At this point it seems as though the USGS fault solution is correct.
Update Jan. 22 19.00 UTC: Recent news from Indonesia give a total number of 15 injured persons from this quake. 5 of them were seriously injured. All of them are from Mane district close to the epicenter. There are no further fatalities so far.
Apriyadi, from Aceh Disaster Management Agency (BPBA) said a nine-year-old girl was killed in the Pidie district after a cabinet in the bedroom fell on her when the quake struck. (Tutia Rahmi was the name of the girl)
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Seven people were injured and four of them with serious injuries, because of collapsed walls and other elements.
In Pidie, the earthquake also resulted in a number of damaged houses and mosques. The condition of the worst damage occurred in the District Mane, Tangse, and Geumpang, Pidie. This corresponds also to the USGS epicenter.
It is estimated that there are some additional residents who were injured due to exposure to collapsing walls and furniture. Unconfirmed reports of two extra deaths have also occurred.
Text written in our daily overview of January 21 after the earthquake.
Important Update Jan. 2207:16 UTC : The good news we expected to confirm today is unfortunately bad news. A 9 year old was crushed by the rumble of her house and died. 7 other people were injured. Tens of houses collapsed and a lot of people have been moved to temporary shelters as their houses were damaged. A mosk did also collapsed.
An aftershock measuring M5.1 at a depth of only 12 km occurred later but normally the people must have been living on the street then.
As the girl was from Pidie which is located at the edge of the VII MMI intensity map from USGS (upper map), we believe that the USGS data may have been better this time.
Local BMKG reports however M6.0 at a depth of 84 km (vs 37 km USGS)
Epicenter 33km SSW of Reuleuet following USGS preliminary reports
Lets hope that the BMKG depth of the earthquake is right as otherwise damage can be expected.
84 km depth means only a light to very weak shaking but in a very wide radius.
The earthquake occurred at 05:47 local time.
ER considers BMKG as a very good seismological agency and hopes that BMKG is right with the below map.
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M6.0 (BMKG) and then M5.1 (BMKG) ; Mw5.9 and Mw4.7 (USGS)
UTC Time : 22:22:42 on 21st January, 2013 and 22:47:55 on 22nd January, 2013
Local time at epicenter : 05:22:42 on 22nd January, 2013, 05:47:55 on 22nd January, 2013
Depth (Hypocenter) : 84km and then 12km (BMKG) ; 16.6km and 15km (USGS)
Geo-location(s) : 15km from Kota Banda Aceh
- 35km (22mi) SW of Reuleuet, Indonesia
- 48km (30mi) SSE of Sigli, Indonesia
- 73km (45mi) WSW of Bireun, Indonesia
- 91km (57mi) N of Meulaboh, Indonesia
- 653km (406mi) WNW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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