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Magnitude 8.5 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA

Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 11:10:26 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred 130 km (80 miles) SW of Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia and 625 km (390 miles) WNW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia at 5:10 AM MDT, Sep 12, 2007 (6:10 PM local time in Indonesia). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. Earthquakes of this type sometimes cause tsunamis, however the USGS has no information that an actual tsunami has been generated. For information about tsunamis, contact the NOAA Tsunami Warning Centers at http://tsunami.gov.

At least 25 people killed, 161 injured, 52,522 buildings damaged or destroyed and roads damaged in Bengkulu and Sumatera Barat. A tsunami with a wave height of 90 cm was measured at Padang. Power and telephone outages occurred. Felt by people in high-rise buildings at Jakarta and in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver


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