Deadly shallow earthquake below coastal northern Sumatra, Indonesia - 102 people killed

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Update December 8, 22:41 UTC :
Sad summary for Aceh M 6.5 quake as of today: 102 died, 724 injured, 11,142 evacuated, 10,534 houses destroyed, 55 mosques collapsed

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Update 12:20 UTC : Number of injured so far mounts already to 536 ! Hospitals have a hard time to cope with the new arriving wounded people (see also video below).

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Update 12:14 UTC : CNN Indonesia LIVE reporting about the earthquake

Update 12:11 UTC :

Update 10:48 UTC : This construction was definitely NOT earthquake resistant

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Update 10:04 UTC : :(( :(( :((

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Update 09:39 UTC : This is the main reason that this earthquake was so deadly, a mainly horizontal movement of the ground (transform type)

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Update 09:26 UTC : "Some people are still trapped inside shophouses, and we are trying to evacuate them using heavy machines and by hand," local agency head Puteh Manaf said.
"At the moment a search and rescue operation is under way, teams are still heading to the area also trying to find more survivors," said Al Jazeera's Vaessen. "But the death toll is likely to rise ... there are people believed to be trapped in buildings." (source Al Jazeera, always well informed about islamic country Indonesia)

Update 09:12 UTC : Chief of army in Indonesia's Aceh province tells TV that quake death toll rises to 97 (Source: AP).

Update 09:06 UTC :

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Update 09:02 UTC :

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Update 08:59 UTC : Authorities have increased the number of deaths to 54 :((

Update 00:59 UTC : Sadly enough at least 25 people have been killed by this earthquake.

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Update 00:56 UTC : The following area is believed to be potentially dangerous for minor damage like cracks in walls and shifted tiles on roofs : Busugan, Meukobrawang, Pangwabaroh, Meukopuue, Tanjong, Meukorumpuet, Panteraja, Angkieng, and Pohroh

Update 23:16 UTC : Based on the shaking values reported by local BMKG agency, we believe that the number of possible fatalities and injured mentioned by Max Wyss below are exaggerated.
Dirasakan: III-IV    Banda Aceh , III-IV Meulaboh - MMI IV = light shaking.
The cities with the shaking values are however not located in the direct epicenter area.

Update 23:12 UTC :

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Update 23:04 UTC :  NO tsunami warning was called for this earthquake

Update 23:03 UTC : Local press mentions panic in Aceh (people running out of their houses) but the calm has returned in the meantime.

Update 23:00 UTC :

Update 22:49 UTC : Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects : 10 to 500 fatalities and 200 to 2000 injured!

Update 22:48 UTC : USGS expects a strong shaking in the epicenter area.

Update 22:43 UTC : ER considers this earthquake extremely dangerous because of the combination of the depth of the hypocenter (only 17 km), the Magnitude of M6.4 and the vicinity of a city with a population of 40,000 people!

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Reuleuet, Indonesia, 10.2 km (6.4 mi) Population: 40,393
Sigli, Indonesia, 35.1 km (21.8 mi) Population: 17,504
Bireun, Indonesia, 49.3 km (30.6 mi) Population: 25,793
Lhokseumawe, Indonesia, 98.8 km (61.4 mi) Population: 88,974
Banda Aceh, Indonesia, 108.5 km (67.4 mi) Population: 250,757

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2016-12-07 05:03:37

GMT/UTC Time : 2016-12-06 22:03:37

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Dec 06 22:03 6.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Bangkok - I live on the 27th floor and I felt a very weak but distinctive shaking about 2 minutes in duratin.
  • Perth - Late 1960s big earthquake western australia i was 3 floors up whole building swaying . My parents migrated from india new what was happenning straight away . Down stairs very quickly. The town of meckering near northam approx 100 ks from perth completly demolished remarkably no one killed
  • USGS Reuleuet, Indonesia Dec 06 22:03 6.5 8 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Dec 06 22:03 6.5 10 MAP I Felt It


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