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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 10:16:09 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred 50 km (30 miles) WNW of Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia, 225 km (140 miles) SW of Pekanbaru, Sumatra, Indonesia, 475 km (295 miles) SSW of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 960 km (600 miles) NW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia, at 4:16 AM MDT, Sep 30, 2009 (5:16 PM local time in Sumatra, Indonesia). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time; however, this earthquake may have caused substantial damage and casualties due to its location and size.

At least 1100 people were killed, 2181 were injured and thousands are still unaccounted for in the Padang area. More than 2650 buildings have been damaged in the area and landslides have disrupted power and communications. Felt (VII) at Padang. Widely felt throughout Sumatra and Java, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. A small local tsunami with wave heights of 27 centimeters (amplitude measured relative to normal sea level) was generated.

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

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