Sumatra Earthquake: Over 200 Injured After A 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Indonesia

By on Jul 3, 2013 in Asia, Events, Natural Disasters, Science, World Comments
Sumatra Earthquake Epicenter Map
Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake shook Indonesia‘s Aceh province on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 as reported by several international news sites on that same day.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey in a report, the strong earthquake struck at a depth of just 6 miles and its epicenter was located 34 miles west of the town of Bireun on the western tip of Sumatra island.

Over 200 people were injured and 6 people had been reported to have lost their lives. Furthermore, two other people were reported missing in the landslide, according to a spokesman for the country’s National Disaster Management Agency.

Meanwhile, more than 300 homes and buildings were damaged across the province, officials said.

Reports said that, people ran outside in panic as the earthquake shook their houses in Banda Aceh and in Medan city to the south of Aceh province on Sumatra island.

“The quake was felt strongly for around 15 seconds, from Bener Meriah to Banda Aceh. People panicked and rushed out of their homes,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho was quoted saying in a report.

Many residents were hesitant to return for fear of aftershocks.

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