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Strong Earthquake Strikes Southern Sumatra

Posted by feww on May 6, 2010

M6.5 Earthquake Strikes Southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia

The strong shock was centered at 4.063°S, 101.085°E and occurred at an estimated depth of about 27km on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 16:29:03 UTC, USGS/EHP said.

The earthquake epicenter was located about 50km (31 miles) NNW of a large 8.5Mw quake which struck on September 12, 2007 at a depth of about 34km (21miles) killing at least 25 people.

Tsunami Status

The Pacific Tsunami Center ruled out the possibility of a destructive widespread tsunami as a result of this quake, but did not rule out “a very small possibility of a local tsunami” that may affect the local coasts within a radius of about 100km from the quake’s epicenter.

Fire-Earth Forecast:

Fire-Earth Forecasts large scale volcanic activity in and around Sumatra Region in 2010 and beyond.

10-degree Map Centered at 5°S,100°E


Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Map enhanced by Fire-Earth.


Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.5
  • Date-Time:
    • Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 16:29:03 UTC
    • Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 11:29:03 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 4.063°S, 101.085°E
  • Depth: 27 km (16.8 miles)
  • Region: SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
  • Distances:
    • 135 km (85 miles) WSW of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • 215 km (135 miles) WSW of Lubuklinggau, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • 355 km (220 miles) SSE of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia
    • 680 km (420 miles) WNW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 5.3 km (3.3 miles)
  • Source:  USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010vxbk

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