Wednesday, December 7, 2016

M6.5 Pidie Jaya Earthquake, December 6, 2016

A Mw6,5 earthquake struck Pidie Jaya, Aceh of Sumatra on Wednesday, December 6, 2016 at 05.03 AM local time. The epicenter is located 5,19° Latitude dan 96,38° Longitude with a depth of 10 kms.

The earthquake is attributed to a previously unknown fault oriented NW-SE. Analysis of the seismic data indicate a dextral strike slip fault movement. This new fault appears to be the branch of the major Sumatra Fault near the northern termination of the fault.

A total of 27 death being reported so far, the number is expected to increase as the search and rescue process is in progress. Intensive damage is reported in Pidie Jaya and area within 50km from the epicenter.

Update (as of December 17, 2016): a total of 103 casualties being reported and over 1000 people injured.

Map of the epicenter (GFZ)

Map of the earthquake intensity (USGS)

Moment tensor solution of the earthquake (USGS)

Map of recorded earthquakes in the region.

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