Earthquake in Simeuleu, Aceh Province, SITREP # 3: 16 April at 13.00 PM local time (UCT+7)



  • On 11 April 2011 at 15.38 PM Western Indonesian Time (UCT+7), a 8.3 Richter scale/RS earthquake (EQ) hit 346 kilometres south west of Simeuleu with 10 kilometres depth.

  • U.S. Geological Survey reported the magnitude of the EQ as 8.7 RS which took place at a depth of 33 kilometres.

  • The tremor was felt in 5 provinces in NAD, North Sumatera, West Sumatera, Lampung and Bengkulu provinces. The local residents were in panic. The tremor was also felt in Singapore and Malaysia.

  • National Meteorological, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) declared tsunami warning.

  • PTWC (Pacific Tsunami Warning System) in Hawaii has also alerted tsunami for Malaysia, India, Sri Lanka,
    Myanmar and others.

  • The aftershocks were reported following the first EQ. The biggest aftershocks reported two hours after the EQ with 8.1 RS (USGS reported 8.2 RS) at 17:43:06 PM Western Indonesian Time (UCT+7) which hit 483 Km Southwest Simeulue with 10 depth. BMKG continued the tsunami alert;

  • Centre for Health Crisis MOH reported the death of 8 persons, hospitalization of 6 patients with major injuries; 101persons were treated at the outpatient clinics from minor injuries. The damage of health facilities were 39.

  • In addition to the data from CHC MOH, BNPB reported the damage of 2 houses in Aceh Besar (light damage:1 house and moderate damage:1 house); 1 bridge, 1 boarding house, 1 office and 1 prison. There are 1,000 IDPs located in 14 IDPs camps in Aceh Besar district. IDPs have returned home;

  • Respected District Heath Offices and Provincial Health Offices have evacuated the victims, provided medical services, coordinated with Badan Penanggulangan Bencana Aceh/BPBA and raised the level of alert of the health facilities.

  • West Sumatera PHO established post and raised the alert level at the M Jamil Padang and M Zein Painan South Pesisir hospitals.

  • BNPB has deployed 3 teams to Simeleu, Padang and Bengkulu to conduct rapid assessment and prepared the rapid action team in stand-by position in Halim perdanakusumah airport.

  • Centre for Health Crisis deployed a team comprising 7 people to monitor the situation in Aceh province.

  • Aceh PHO, North Sumatera PHO, West Sumatera PHO, Bengkulu PHO, Lampung PHO, North Sumatera Regional Center for Health Crisis/RCC, South Sumatera RCC and Center for Health Crisis are assessing the situation.

  • WHO was on stand-by and in close contact with MOH to provide any assistance needed.