News Release

Magnitude 7.2 NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 05:59:42 UTC

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: An earthquake occurred 200 km (125 miles) SW of Lhokseumawe, Sumatra, Indonesia, 220 km (135 miles) SSE of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, 625 km (390 miles) W of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 1620 km (1010 miles) NW of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia at 11:59 PM MDT yesterday, May 8, 2010 (May 09 at 12:59 PM local time in 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 damage due to its location and size.

Reports of slight damage and a power outage on Simeulue island. Felt (V) at Banda Aceh and Meulaboh; (IV) at Medan, Nias and Padang and (III) at Riau and Sibolga. Felt (III) at Alor Setar, Ayer Itam and Tanjong Bunga; (II) at Bukit Mertajam, Butterworth, Gelugor, Georgetown, Kuala Lumpur, Nibong Tebal and Tanjong Tokong, Malaysia. Felt (II) in Singapore. Felt (III) at Phuket, Thailand.

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