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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Java, Indonesia

Posted by feww on September 2, 2009

Powerful earthquake measuring at least 7.3 Mw strikes off the coast of Java, Indonesia.

FEWW ‘EarthModel’ estimated the magnitude as 7.6 Mw, while the quake was recorded by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center as a magnitude 7.3Mw (±0.4 )

More than 20 people have been killed according to the initial reports, with  hundreds of structures destroyed or damaged in the city of Tasikmalaya and town of Sukabumi west of Java. Thousands of people have been evacuated, taking refuge in open areas, including the grounds of a military base.

Dozens more people were injured, including up to 50 people in Jakarta, about 190km from the epicenter, officials said.

deadly java quake
Magnitude 7.6Mw destroyed or damaged many buildings in the city of Tasikmalaya west of the island of Java. Photo: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

The quake struck offshore, with the epicenter about 115km west-southwest of Tasikmalaya city (190 km SSE of the Capital Jakarta), at a depth of about 60 km.

The mainshock was followed by at least 4 aftershocks, with 2 of the shocks measuring 5.6 and  5.2. Local tsunami warnings automatically issued after the quake have now been withdrawn. Local seismologists reported small  sea levels rises near the west coast of Java.

Summary of Earthquake details as reported by
European-Mediterranean Seismological Center

Magnitude:  7.3 Mw (±0.4 )
Region:  JAVA, INDONESIA

Date and time: 2009-09-02 at 07:55:03.8 UTC
Location: 7.84 S ; 107.35 E
Depth: 70 km
Distances:

  • 91 km S Banjaran (pop 164,952 ; local time 14:55 2009-09-02)
  • 72 km S Banjar (pop 37,263 ; local time 14:55 2009-09-02

Automatic GEOFON Global Seismic Monitor


© Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum – GFZ

GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin

  • Region: Java, Indonesia
  • Time: 2009-09-02 07:55:02.7 UTC
  • Magnitude: 7.4
  • Epicenter: 107.34°E 8.00°S
  • Depth: 62 km
  • Status: manually revised

USGS/EHP
In line with their current practice of downsizing nearly all their EQ reports in 2009, USGS Earthquake Hazard Program downgraded the quake to a magnitude 7.0 Mw.

FEWW Earthquake Forecast For Java/Bali Region:

  • Region: Java/Bali, Indonesia
  • Date of Occurrence: September to Late December 2009
  • Magnitude: 8.4+
  • Epicenter: 10°40’31.43″S 114°55’33.81″E
  • Depth: 40 km

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8 Responses to “Deadly Earthquake Strikes Java, Indonesia”

  1. I would like more detailed information about the earthquake that occurred on July 2005, in Sidoarjo Region, East Java, Indonesia.
    Best Regard
    Hardi Prasetyo

  2. feww said

    GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
    Region: Halmahera, Indonesia
    Time: 2009-09-18 18:34:25.6 UTC
    Magnitude: 5.7
    Epicenter: 127.16°E 1.80°N
    Depth: 110 km
    Status: manually revised

  3. feww said

    UPDATE

    GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
    Region: South of Bali, Indonesia
    Time: 2009-09-18 23:06:59.5 UTC
    Magnitude: 5.9
    Epicenter: 115.42°E 9.47°S
    Depth: 77 km
    Status: automatic

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  6. feww said

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  7. feww said

    Deadly Quake Strikes Indonesia – UPDATE
    https://feww.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/deadly-quake-strikes-indonesia-update/

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