Very strong deep earthquake off the coast of Sumba island

Last update: December 29, 2016 at 11:08 pm by By

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Update 22:57 UTC : Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects : Injuries : 0 to 10 (we think 0) and fatalities : 0

Update 22:53 UTC : The data of USGS are somewhat different but are still to be considered in the safe zone. Maximum shaking as calculated by USGS : light shaking - confirmed by the many experience reports we are receiving

Schermafbeelding 2016-12-29 om 23.52.32

Update 22:50 UTC : The earthquake was well felt on many tourist islands like Lombok and Bali (mainly due to the depth of the hypocenter (breaking point)

Update 22:49 UTC : Deep earthquakes are most of the time harmless unless they have a Magnitude greater than M7 and below a populated area.

Update 22:47 UTC : The spectacular Sumbawa Geofon seismogram

Schermafbeelding 2016-12-29 om 23.47.12

Update 22:40 UTC : ER considers this earthquake NOT dangerous for injuries or damage due to the depth of the hypocenter and the location of the epicenter off the coast. We also do NOT expect any Tsunami danger

Schermafbeelding 2016-12-29 om 23.38.14

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2016-12-29 22:30:19

Depth (Hypocenter) : 86 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Sumbawa Region, Indonesia Dec 29 22:30 6.2 90 MAP I Felt It
  • bali - felt light shaking if the building
  • Bali - Felt tremors. Woke me up
  • Ubud - Shook the bed
  • Seminyak - While having sex felt extra vibrations thought I was pumping to hard but stopped for a second and the whole room was shaking
  • Kuta - Zeer lichte trilling van enkele seconden
  • Sanur - Had just woken about 630am was still in bed felt the shaking also could hear/feel the building shaking
  • Seminyak - Bed shaking for around 3-4 sec
  • Bali - The movement was pretty steady and lasted some 20 seconds
  • Bali - Usual where I leave in Japan when it comes to how strong was it, but very long
  • Bali, Indonesia - No damage. Just awakening us. A bit scary when we realised it is an earthquake.
  • Semyniak - Le lit à brassé, la porte patio a ete secouée et l' eau de la piscine à fait des vagues. Vers 6h30 ce matin.
  • Sanur - Bed vibrating this morning
  • Ubud - House shaking aroud 5 seconds
  • Bali - Woke up at 6:30 to what sounded like someone banging on the door or storm rattling the windows. Pool water splashing around. No damage
  • Bali - No damage
  • Bali - Woke to a tremor thus morning at 6.30am. Wasn't sure what it was
  • Bali - Woke up because the bed was shaking for 30 seconds
  • Sanur, Bali - Light shaming for a couple of seconde, wole me up
  • Bali - Woke us both up. House shaking windows rattling bed shaking.
  • Bali - Woke up to earthquake at about 6.45ish. Looked at the sea nearby, seems to be calm. Prayers!
  • Bali Ubud - raar gevoel bed schude heen en weer
  • Seminyak Bali - No damage. Bed shook for about 10 secs.
  • Bali,Canggu - Wake up at 6.30 and my door was sounding like someone knocking it.
  • Bali - Bed shaking for about 20 sec . No damage . Wake us up
  • Seminyak - ging net op de bank buiten zitten en deze begon te schudden, dacht eerst dat het aan mij lag. maar nadat het water in het zwembad begon te deinen wist ik dat het om een aardbeving ging.
  • Bali - 635am here so it woke us up with the bed shaking for at least 20 seconds,intensifying to include windows / doors rattling for 3 or 4 seconds
  • Legian - Woke up this morning at about 6.30am to vibrations in be. Lasted about 30 second. V odd sensation
  • Bali - Bed shaking for good 30 seconds
  • Bali - I was sleeping in my hotel bed on the 6th floor and woke up by the building shaking. It was over real quick but we understood immediatly what it was
  • Balistique ubud - Wake Up at 6.30am because bed was shaking for 30 sec or more but no damage
  • Kuta, lombok - Réveillés à 6h30, murs tremblaient, l eau de la piscine s est agitée, environ une dizaine de secondes.
  • Bingin beach - Woke to bed shaking 6:30 am
  • Bali - Bed and room was shaking
  • Bali/sanur - It was 6:30 local time and I woke up. The bed was shaking and there was a light cracking sound. No damage
  • Bali - Moderate shaking for about 3 minutes
  • Canggu, Bali - I was awake in bed and felt light shaking in the bed. I recognized it immediately as an earthquake. It woke up the kids. The window was rattling and there were more rattling sounds in the house. It lasted 1 maybe 2 minutes? Hard to say.
  • Legian - Knew it was a quake
  • Bali - shaking for 2 minutes
  • Bali - Voelde het bed schudden
  • Bali - Woke up at 6.30 to what sounded like distant fireworks, bed was shaking, down lights started to sway and doors were creaking on 4th floor of hotel. Lasted ~30secs.
  • Bali - At 6 AM awake because of bed shaking and windows shuterrs making noise
  • Bali - Doors and furniture rattling and the noise sounded like heavy machinery on floor above
  • Sanur - Woke up in the morning because the bed was shaking
  • West Sumba - awoke to strong jolt followed by strong shaking that lasted around 10 seconds with a slight lull between. Windows and doors rattled. was strong enough for my wife to scream and for us to Run outside. No damage observed to building or surroundings.
  • Bali - Bed and bed head shaking. Could here creaking of walls
  • Lombok - Senggigi - De kasten, het bed alles schudde maar het was rustig schudden
  • Gili Islands - Persistent power cuts.
  • Dempesar - House started moving a little bit, whole family noticed and felt it
  • Bali sanur - None.just bed shaking
  • Bali - Одиночный толчок.
  • Kerobokan, Bali - wake up sitting on the bed and feel shaking for 6 seconds at 0630.
  • GEOFON Sumbawa Region, Indonesia Dec 29 22:30 6.2 86 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Tolotangga, Indonesia Dec 29 22:30 6.2 72 MAP I Felt It


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    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
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    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
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    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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