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Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Northern Sumatra, Indonesia on Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Northern Sumatra, Indonesia on Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake  - Northern Sumatra, Indonesia on Tuesday, 6 December 2016
6 Dec 22:07 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 4 minutes.
Dec 6 22:08: Magnitude recalculated from 6.5 to 6.3.
Dec 6 22:09: Magnitude recalculated from 6.3 to 6.4.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 24.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 24.0 to 26.0 km.
Dec 6 22:23: Magnitude recalculated from 6.4 to 6.5.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 26.0 to 10.0 km.
Date & time: Tuesday, 6 December 2016 22:03 UTC
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.32°N / 96.07°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Seulawah Agam (34 km / 21 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
14 km (9 mi) SE of Sigli (pop: 17,500)
26 km (16 mi) NW of Reuleuet (pop: 40,400)
71 km (44 mi) W of Bireun (pop: 25,800)
85 km (53 mi) SE of Banda Aceh (pop: 250,800)
121 km (75 mi) W of Lhokseumawe (pop: 89,000)
1754 km (1090 mi) NW of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Tue, 6 Dec 22:03 UTCM 6.5 / 10 kmNorthern Sumatra, IndonesiaGFZ
Tue, 6 Dec 22:03 UTCM 6.5 / 10 kmNORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIAEMSC
2016-12-07 05:03:32 +07:00 (6 Dec 22:03:32 UTC)M 6.5 / 8.2 km- 19km SE of Sigli, IndonesiaUSGS

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(shakemap: USGS)

User reports for this quake (37)

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Koh Yao Noi / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Woke up as my bed was shaking
441 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Phuket, Thailand (394.8 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Since I am a light sleeper I woke up at around 5 am due to a slight shaking of the bed. Later during the dy I recognized that it was the influence of the Sumatra earthquake.
441 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
1938.1 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / not felt : WE ARE 1,200 KILO METRE AWAY FROM THE SUMATRA REGION,INDONESIA. (reported through our app)
Ko lanta / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
962 km ESE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Phuket Karon Beach (371.9 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Was awake indoor, layed on bed which was shaking for 2 minutes! (reported through our app)
Khao Lak, Thailand / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Heute morgen gegen 5 bebte das Bett leicht. Dachte zuerst an die Nachbarn, dann war mir aber schnell klar, daß die Erde bebt...
Pantai Cenang, Langkawi (418.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Khao Lak Thailand (444 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Woke up from it.The bed was lightly shaking..the second time was stronger . things were shaking. Lasted about 30 seconds..
Khao Lak (444 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Mai khao phuket (400.8 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Woke up and felt brf shaking
Koh Lanta (417 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Ich bin vom ersten Schütteln wach geworden und habe das zweite dann bewusst miterlebt. Hatte kurz Schiss wegen evtl Tsunamigefahr.
350 km SE of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Phuket, Chalong, Thailand (382.5 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Light shaking felt - Flat screen tv shaking
Khao Lak (443 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Mataram (2151.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : I am not dept the earthquake, we know it from volcano & eartquake automatic report.
Kata Beach Phuket (371.9 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Was woken up, my bed was shaking. Hotelroom is on 5th floor.
Koh Lanta Thailand / Light shaking (MMI IV) : It wake us up in the morning
Thailand, phang nga / Weak shaking (MMI III)
379.9 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : we felt it, many people in phuket island felt it too (reported through our app)
Batu Uban, Penang, Malaysia. (469.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Suddenly awaken my bed shaking, I m on 19th floor reached my phone clock was 6.07am. (reported through our app)
East Jakarta (Indonesia, 1749 km SE of epicenter) : Very slight shaking of bed and lamp (reported through EMSC)
Putrajaya (Malaysia, 673 km SE of epicenter) : Just a slight tremor . Because im on 15th floor . (reported through EMSC)
Phuket (Thailand, 382 km NE of epicenter) : Woke up because of the bed shaking (2 times, as i have noticed). (reported through EMSC)
(Indonesia, 2630 km SE of epicenter) : Ничего особенного (reported through EMSC)
George Town (Malaysia, 466 km E of epicenter) : Felt very mild swaying around 6am. (reported through EMSC)
Tambon Choeng Thale (Thailand, 380 km NE of epicenter) : Не много качалась кроватьчувствовал 2 толчка Phuket Tailand (reported through EMSC)
Tambon Choeng Thale (Thailand, 380 km NE of epicenter) : Felt bed shaking slightly while sleeping, twice for 5 seconds each time (reported through EMSC)
Phuket (Thailand, 376 km NE of epicenter) : No questions. We woke up by shaking hotel. No damage. Just than i started googling and found your page. Time matched. (reported through EMSC)
Kathu (Thailand, 374 km NE of epicenter) : Felt bed shaking slightly about 2-3 minutes. (reported through EMSC)
Bohorok (Indonesia, 303 km SE of epicenter) : Very slight wobble of the bed for about 10 seconds (reported through EMSC)
George Town (Malaysia, 460 km E of epicenter) : 6.10 am - mild swaying (reported through EMSC)
(Thailand, 408 km NE of epicenter) : Felt bed shaking slightly while sleeping, twice for 5 seconds each time (reported through EMSC)
(Thailand, 375 km NE of epicenter) : The water in the glasses and bottles was lightly moving (reported through EMSC)
Tambon Thep Kasattri (Thailand, 373 km NE of epicenter) : Very long shake, bed gently shook for 20 secs (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 6.5 quake: Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, 6 Dec 2016 22:03

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (39 quakes):
  • 25 Feb 2017 08:01 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 15 Feb 2017 19:47 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    26 km (16.2 mi) depth
    |
    61 km (38 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 12 Jan 2017 08:50 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 17 Dec 2016 00:36 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    41 km (25 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 17 Dec 2016 00:36 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    41 km (25 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 13 Dec 2016 17:57 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    3 km (1.9 mi) depth
    |
    69 km (43 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 13 Dec 2016 17:57 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    3 km (1.9 mi) depth
    |
    69 km (43 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 13 Dec 2016 01:45 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    15 km (9.3 mi) depth
    |
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 13 Dec 2016 01:45 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    15 km (9.3 mi) depth
    |
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 11 Dec 2016 02:50 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 11 Dec 2016 02:50 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 10 Dec 2016 18:45 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (13 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 10 Dec 2016 18:45 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (13 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 10 Dec 2016 16:42 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    20 km (12.4 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 10 Dec 2016 16:42 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    20 km (12.4 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 10 Dec 2016 08:43 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    7 km (4.3 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • Show all

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Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Northern Sumatra, Indonesia on Tuesday, 6 December 2016
 

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