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Magnitude 6.7 KEP. MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA

Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 07:38:21 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred 110 km (65 miles) WSW of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia, 305 km (190 miles) SW of Pekanbaru, Sumatra, Indonesia, 560 km (345 miles) SSW of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 960 km (600 miles) WNW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia at 1:38 AM MDT, Aug 16, 2009 (2:38 PM local time in Indonesia). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. There have been no reports of damage.

Five people were injured from a collapsed escalator in north Padang. Four other people were injured, two from collapsed fences. Felt (V) at Padang; (IV) at Pekan Baru and Sibolga; (III) at Painan, Sumatra. Also felt at Payakumbuh. Felt (III) at Petaling Jaya; (II) at Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Also felt at Keluang, Melaka and Shah Alam. Felt (II) in Singapore. Tsunami wave amplitudes (1/2 of Max wave height) were recorded as follows: 0.18M at Padang.

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


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