BMKG: Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Hits Aceh

BMKG: Magnitude 6.5 Earthquake Hits Aceh

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8 December 2016

Aceh, Indonesia / A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off Pidie Jaya, about 106 kilometers south-east of the city of Banda Aceh, at 05:03 local time on Wednesday (7/12). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 15 km. The Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) state that the quake had no potential to trigger a tsunami. BMKG also state that until Thursday (8/12) at 08:00 local time, there is 38 aftershock which is still affected the area with smaller magnitude.  

"The epicenter of the quake is on land, therefore no tsunami potential, but it led to building damage” said Dr. Andi Eka Saky, Director General of BMKG.

Meanwhile, according the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB), at least 100 people died, more than 500 have suffered injuries and dozens were feared still trapped in collapsed buildings.

The pre-dawn quake was felt for about 15 seconds and by the time it was over around 100 buildings had collapsed. The affected areas are Busugan, Meukobrawang, Pangwabaroh, Meukopuue, Tanjong, Meukorumpuet, Panteraja, Angkieng, Pohroh and Medan.

Indonesia has experiences frequent seismic and volcanic activities due to its position on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide. Aceh lies on the northern tip of Sumatra Island, which is particularly prone to quakes. 

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