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.
27.8 kilometres ENE of Senarung (Simeulue
35.9 kilometres ENE of Batunezerah (Simeulue
62.9 kilometres NW of Sinabang (Simeulue
121 kilometres W of Takaptuan (Sumatra),
129 kilometres S of Meulaboh (Sumatra), Indonesia,
250 kilometres NW of Gunungsitoli (Nias
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
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
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).
International Seismological Centre (ISC),
Earthquake Information Centre (NEIC), Golden, USA.
Harvard Centroid Moment Tensor Solution (HRV), Harvard, USA.
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the ASC from reports by local media and local NGO personnel.
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