Very strong earthquake off the coast of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia - August 13, 2017

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Damage report in cooperation with the 2017 Earthquake Impact Database - EID on Google Docs

Update Monday 07:39 UTC: The ultimate explanatory earthquake poster from this earthquake comes from geologist Dr. Jay Patton. Click on the image to be linked to his site. The poster contains lots of important scientific information and can be viewed in full format in his site

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Update 09:56 UTC: We have knowledge of 4 houses being damaged by the earthquake. Luckily no sings of any injuries.

Update 08:07 UTC: Main earth movement based on the current focal mechanism. Image courtesy Observatoire Geoscope. We believe that Fault plane 2 shows what happened.

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Update 08:23 UTC: Shaking map with possible related damage from the natural disaster specialists at CATnews (Risklayer - CEDIM), Karlsruhe, Germany. Map generated by Andreas Schäfer.

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Update 07:58 UTC: National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the quake was felt for about 10 seconds in coastal cities and was strong enough to shake belongings from shelves and topple furniture. Residents ran from their homes and there were power outages in some areas

Update 04:01 UTC: As you can see on our historic earthquake image below, this is a very active seismic area. The biggest red circle is a M8.5 earthquake which happened on September 12, 2007

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Update 03:51 UTC: This earthquake will normally NOT generate Tsunami waves as the Magnitude is not powerful enough (besides a couple of exceptions, the Magnitude needs to be at least M7 of higher). BMKG, the local seismological agency has NO alert activated.

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Update 03:47 UTC: Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects : 0 to 10 injured people and NO fatalities

Update 03:43 UTC: Shaking impact on communities

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Update 03:39 UTC: The (theoretical) USGS shaking map shows a maximum moderate shaking at the nearest coastal cities

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Update 03:37 UTC: Based on the present preliminary earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, does expect at least some slight damage like cracks in walls, fallen tiles, etc.

Update 03:31 UTC: Seismogram as recorded in a Geofon seismological station in Bangkinang, Sumatra

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Update 03:29 UTC: Distance from the epicenter to the nearest town on the coast 50 km.

Ketahun, Indonesia, 51.7 km (32.1 mi) SSWPopulation: 0
Bengkulu, Indonesia, 73.9 km (45.9 mi) WPopulation: 309,712
Curup, Indonesia, 108.3 km (67.3 mi) WSWPopulation: 46,245
Lubuklinggau, Indonesia, 150.6 km (93.6 mi) WSWPopulation: 148,243

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-08-13 03:08:11

Depth (Hypocenter) : 53 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Bengkulu, Indonesia Aug 13 03:08 6.4 35 MAP
  • Singapore - Light shaking
  • Singapore - Lasted 20 seconds
  • Siglap - I felt swaying rather than shaking for around 10 seconds. I live on 22nd floor of apartment building on East Coast of Singapore. No damage to my apartment.
  • SINGAPORE - Lasted about 30 seconds
  • GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia Aug 13 03:08 6.4 53 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • NE central Singapore - Swaying, lasted 15 seconds.
  • Padang - Light shaking, only for maybe 3 or 4 seconds. No damage, no falling objects. People went out on the street (local time 10:08 AM).




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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    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.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    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 :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    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).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    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.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    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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