Indonesia: Mentawai Earthquake - Apr 2005
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This report is based on information provided by the UNESCO Office, Jakarta, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), SATKORLAK PBP West Sumatra, Siberut Selatan and Siberut Utara Sub-District, UNESCO Siberut Team, Siberut National Park, Yayasan Citra Mandiri and MUSPIKA Siberut Selatan and Siberut Utara.
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This Information Bulletin (no. 02/2005) is being issued for information only.
An earthquake measuring at 6.7 on Richter scale followed by 5 aftershocks hit West Sumatra on 10 April, at 17.29 local time. The epicentre was in the Indian Ocean, 105 km southwest of Padang city, with a depth of 33 km. The affected areas include Padang city, Padang Pariaman, West Pasaman, Mentawai and South Coast areas. No report on casualties and significant damages, but the quakes caused SOME panic.
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A strong earthquake occurred at 10:29:13
(UTC) on Sunday, April 10, 2005. The magnitude 6.8 event has been located
in the KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA. (This event has been reviewed
by a seismologist.)
Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 10:29:13 (UTC)
= Coordinated Universal Time
Sunday, April 10, 2005 at 5:29:13 PM = local time at epicenter
Location: 1.618=B0S, 99.563=B0E
Depth: 30 km (18.6 miles) set by location program
Region: KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA
115 km (70 miles) SW of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia
PADANG, Indonesia, April 10 (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 rattled parts of Indonesia on Sunday, sending people in this city on Sumatra island rushing out of their homes and heading toward high ground in fear of a possible tsunami.
An official said there were reports of houses flattened elsewhere on Sumatra, but as of three hours after the quake hit there were no reports of any casualties.
Jakarta-based meteorological analyst Wijayanto also told Reuters "there are no tsunami reports, so residents can return home, but they must still be careful of aftershocks".
Jakarta, Indonesia-Relief -- Strong earthquake hit Mentawai Island, in Indian Ocean, west of Sumatra, on Sunday. The earthquaek create mass panics in Padang, capital city of West Sumatra province and Pekan Baru, capital city of Riau province, as reported by Metro TV. No report availabe from Mentawai Island, the epicenter, yet.