Northern Sumatra Earthquake

Strong earthquake in northern Sumatra, Indonesia (also felt in Medan AND parts of Malaysia)

Last update: May 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm by By

Update 15:16 UTC : The focal mechanism as portrayed below shows a compression type of mechanism

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Update 15:12 UTC : The epicenter was following local agency BMKG at in the sea 67 km far southwest Kab.ACEH Singkil. Depth 12 km. Max. MI intensity Sibolga III, III Mount Sitoli, III Naidoo, Mulberry III (thats after all weaker than we previously were expecting).

Update 15:00 UTC :

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Update 14:56 UTC : Theoretically a Maximum MMI V (moderate) shaking is expected to have been felt. The earthquake was felt until Malaysia. The stronger Sumatran earthquakes are often felt in nearby Malaysia

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Update 14:49 UTC : BMKG reports a Magnitude of 5.7 at a depth of only 12 km. Slight damage cannot be excluded in the coastal areas nearest to the epicenter (also based on our experience with another similar earthquake in the same region).

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Image of the seismograph at Lhoksuumave, Sumatra


200 km SW of Medan, Indonesia / pop: 1,750,971 / local time: 21:35:37.8 2014-05-01
104 km W of Sibolga, Indonesia / pop: 79,714 / local time: 21:35:37.8 2014-05-01

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-05-01 14:35:38

Depth (Hypocenter) : 58 km