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M7.9  South Mentawai-West Bengkulu Earthquake, 2007


13 Sept 2007 *Pink Star*


NW of Talangarah, Sumatra


23:49:01 UTC


2.562 N (NEIC)


100.964 E (NEIC)


10.0 kms (NEIC)


Mw 7.9 (HRV); Me 7.6 (NEIC)

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A major earthquake (pink star) struck the southern Mentawai Strait on 13 September 2007 at 06:49 AM local time in Sumatra, Indonesia. This earthquake had a magnitude of Mw=7.9 and was strongly felt in many parts of the region including as far a field as Singapore. It came barely 24-hours after a great earthquake of magnitude Mw=8.4 (red star) occurred in the same region immediately to the south. It was followed by another major earthquake of magnitude Mw=7.0 (yellow star) to the north-west of its epicentre and also in the immediate region at 10:35 AM local time in Sumatra.

Preceeding Event : 12 Sep 2007, Mw=8.4 South Mentawai Strait-Bengkulu Earthquake

The earthquake was centr
ed 7.7 kms NW of Talangarah (Sumatra), Indonesia,
35.9 kms NNW of Seblat (Sumatra), Indonesia,
62.2 kms SE of Mukomuko (Sumatra), Indonesia,
76.5 kms WNW of Muaramman (Sumatra), Indonesia,
126 kms NW of Bengkulu (Sumatra), Indonesia,
260 kms SE of Padang (Sumatra), Indonesia,
273 kms SW of Jambi (Sumatra), Indonesia,
500 kms NW of Tanjung Telukbetong (Sumatra), Indonesia,
545 kms SW of Changi International Airport, Singapore,
692 kms NW of Jakarta (Java), Indonesia.

Amateur Video from Padang, Sumatera Barat

This earthquake struck in the southern Mentawai Straits as well as adjacent parts of Bengkulu, Jambi and Sumatera Barat provinces province on Sumatra just to the north of a Mw=8.4 event that struck the same region the previous day. This earthquake was strongly felt in many parts of Sumatra. Damage was reported in Jambi province. However, it is unclear which of the three earthquakes were responsible for this damage. The Major General A. Thalib Hospital was damaged at Sugainpenuh while elsewhere in the Kerinci district, damage to buildings was reported from the districts of Keliling Danau, Danau Kerinci and Siulak. At Padang, patients were evacuated to makeshift tent in the open at the Dr. M. Jamil Hospital, Reksodiwiryo Hospital and Yos Sudarso Hospital in the city after buildings developed cracks.

Across the Malacca Straits, this earthquake was felt in Malaysia. At Penang it was felt in high-rise buildings at places such as Jalan Sultan Ahmed Shah and Downing Street while in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, it was felt at Jalan Ampang, Jalan Tun Abdul Razak and Lembah Pantai. In Malaka/Malacca, it was felt at Ujong Pasir where it is believed nearly a 1000 residents of a 13-storey condominium rushed outdoors. Tremors were not felt at the Petronas Towers in Kedah in the city. In Singapore, it was felt in high-rise buildings throughout the nationstate including in the Central Business District, Clementi, Jurong, Hougang, Punggol, Toa Payoh and Woodlands

Tsunami advisories were issued for Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore as a result of this earthquake but were later lifted.

01) International Seismological Centre (ISC), London.
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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