The Geology of Indonesia/Earthquake

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Earthquakes are frequent in Indonesia, part of the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire".

Recent Earthquakes[edit | edit source]

  • 16 August 2007 - A 6.2 magnitude earthquake hit 145 miles southeast of Ambon, the capital of Maluku province
  • 9 August 2007 - A powerful undersea earthquake off Indonesia's main island of Java (100 km east of Jakarta). The magnitude 7.5 quake hit at 0005 on Thursday (1705 GMT Wednesday) at a depth of 289km (180 miles). No casualties or damage, only created panic among Jakarta's highrise residential. The earthquake on the relatively quiet region in Indonesia give another concern of the safety of nuclear power plant that planned nearby.
  • March 6, 2007: A magnitude-6.3 earthquake strikes Sumatra island, leaving at least 52 people dead and some 250 injured. Two hours later, a 6.1 aftershock rattles the region.
  • Jan. 21, 2007: A magnitude-7.3 earthquake in a regional capital on Sulawesi island in northeastern Indonesia leaves four people dead and four injured.
  • July 17, 2006: A magnitude-6.1 earthquake triggers a tsunami off of Java island's southern coast, killing at least 600 people.
  • May 27, 2006: A magnitude-6.2 quake flattens homes and hotels near the ancient central city of Yogyakarta, killing more than 3,000 and injuring thousands.
  • March 28, 2005: A magnitude-8.7 quake strikes Nias and Simeulue islands off the western coast of Sumatra, killing about 900 people and flattening thousands of houses and bridges.
  • Dec. 26, 2004: A magnitude-9 earthquake ruptures the sea floor off Sumatra island, triggering a tsunami that hits a dozen countries, including Indonesia, where at least 131,029 are killed and tens of thousands remain missing.
  • Nov. 26, 2004: A magnitude-6.4 earthquake rocks Indonesia's West Papua, near Nabire, killing about 30 people and causing dozens of buildings and homes to collapse.
  • Nov. 12, 2004: A magnitude-6 quake strikes off the eastern coast of Alor island, about 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) east of Jakarta. At least 27 people are killed and hundreds of buildings are damaged.
  • Feb. 6-7, 2004: A magnitude-6.9 quake on Feb. 6 and a magnitude-7.1 aftershock the following day kill 34 and devastate Nabire in remote Papua province.
  • Nov. 2, 2002: A magnitude-7.7 earthquake rocks Indonesia's Sumatra island, killing two people and injuring at least 40.
  • June 4, 2000: A magnitude-7.9 quake hits Bengkulu province, killing at least 117 people and injuring about 1,900.
  • May 4, 2000: A magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Sulawesi province, killing at least 35 people and injuring at least 148.

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