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M7.4 Laut Sinabang-Senarung Earthquake, 2002


2 November 2002


ENE of Senarung, Simuelue Island


01:26:11 UTC (08:26:11 WIT)


2.979 N (ISC


96.114 E (ISC)


31.0 kms (ISC)


Mw 7.4 (NEIC), 7.2 (HRV)

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A major earthquake struck the island of Simeulue, off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia on 2 November 2002 at 08:26 AM local time resulting in 3 deaths and some damage to property on the island of Simeulue, off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. It was centred in the Sinabang Sea and had a magnitude of Mw=7.4 and despite its size, it did not generate either a local or an ocean-wide tsunami.

The earthquake was centred 27.8 kilometres ENE of Senarung (Simeulue Island), Indonesia,
35.9 kilometres ENE of Batunezerah (Simeulue Island), Indonesia,
62.9 kilometres NW of Sinabang (Simeulue Island), Indonesia,
121 kilometres W of Takaptuan (Sumatra), Indonesia,
129 kilometres S of Meulaboh (Sumatra), Indonesia,

250 kilometres NW of Gunungsitoli (Nias Island), Indonesia,
292 kilometres W of Medan (Sumatra), Indonesia,
301 kilometres SSE of Banda Aceh (Sumatra), Indonesia,
509 kilometres SE of Campbell Bay (Great Nicobar Island), India,
604 kilometres W of Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

3 people were killed and 60 people were injured on Simuelue Island, 39 critically. Four government buildings and a shop were also reportedly damaged on the island as well as a bridge over a river. Nearly 902 buildings were damaged or destroyed in the quake. Nearly 4,000 people spent the night outdoors in tents in football fields and mosques.

On the island of Sumatra, it was "extremely strongly" felt at Tapaktuan forcing many people to run outdoors. People also ran outside in panic at the provincial capital, Banda Aceh. Strong tremors were also experienced at Lhokseumawe, Medan, Meulaboh and Singkil. The quake was also felt at Kuala Lumpur and Port Kelang in Malaysia; communication services were disrupted at the latter due to the quake. No tsunami was generated by this earthquake. A strong aftershock of magnitude Mw=6.3 was felt at 09:46 UTC (17:46 local time i.e. WIT).

01) International Seismological Centre (ISC), Berkshire.
02) National Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
Harvard Centroid Moment Tensor Solution (HRV), Harvard, USA.
04) Macroseismic information has been compiled by the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.

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