On July 2, 2013, at 2:37 pm local time (3:37 am Eastern Daylight Time), a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck northern Sumatra’s Aceh Province at a depth of 10 km, or 6.2 miles. The Government of Indonesia (GoI) Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency reported at least two aftershocks of magnitudes 5.5 and 5.3 on July 2.
The GoI reports that the earthquake displaced more than 12,300 households, or approximately 52,100 people. Approximately 32,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are located in Central Aceh District, while nearly 20,000 are in Bener Meriah District. Most IDPs are living in emergency tents outside their damaged houses, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA).
The GoI plans to conclude its emergency response phase on July 17. Following this date, emergency assistance may continue in areas most affected by the earthquake, UNOCHA reports.
Aceh Province regularly experiences earthquakes. Indonesia is located on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where the collision of tectonic plates causes frequent seismic and volcanic activity, according to international media. In 2004, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra trigged a tsunami that killed approximately 230,000 people around the Indian Ocean.
The July 2 earthquake is not reported to pose a tsunami threat.