List of earthquakes in Indonesia

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This is an incomplete list of more recent recorded major earthquakes that have occurred within the boundaries of Indonesia—as indicated by the geology of the region, and the volcanic activity—much large numbers of earthquakes of smaller magnitude occur very regularly due to the meeting of major tectonic plates in the region.

Locations given are either the island/region within Indonesia, or one of the seas within the archipelago.

Note some recent earthquakes are known by their dates rather than specific locations—the Boxing Day 2004 earthquake is also known by the name Sumatra Andaman Island earthquake.

Contents

List of Indonesian earthquakes

  Date[1]  LocationMagnitudeFatalitiesDescription
1797 02 10Sumatra8.4>300
1833 11 25Sumatra8.8-9.2'numerous'
1861 02 16Sumatra8.5'several thousand'
1917 01 20Bali1,500
1938 02 01Banda Sea8.5
1976 06 25Papua7.15,000
1981 01 19Papua6.7305
1984 11 17Northern Sumatra7.2
1992 12 12Flores Region7.82,500
1994 06 03Off the Southern Coast of Eastern Java7.8200+
1996 02 17Biak8.1108
2000 06 04Southern Sumatra7.9103
2002 10 10Western New Guinea7.68
2002 11 02Northern Sumatra7.43
2003 05 26Halmahera7.01
2004 01 28Seram6.7
2004 02 05Western New Guinea7.037
2004 02 07Western New Guinea7.3
2004 07 25Southern Sumatra7.3
2004 11 11Kepulauan Alor7.534
2004 11 26Papua7.132
2004 12 26Sumatra-Andaman Islands9.1-9.3283,106
2005 01 01Off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra6.7
2005 02 19Sulawesi6.5
2005 02 26Simeulue6.8
2005 03 02Banda Sea7.1
2005 03 28Northern Sumatra8.61,313
2005 04 10Kepulauan Mentawai Region6.7
2005 05 14Nias Region6.7
2005 05 19Nias Region6.9
2005 07 05Nias Region6.7
2005 11 19Simeulue6.5
2006 01 27Banda Sea7.6
2006 03 14Seram6.74
2006 05 16Nias Region6.8
2006 05 26Java6.35,780
2006 07 17Java7.7730
2006 07 23Sulawesi6.1
2006 12 18North Sumatra5.87
2007 01 21Molucca Sea7.54
2007 03 06Sumatra6.4, 6.368
2007 08 09Java7.5[2]The quake was located 70 miles (110 km) east-northeast of Jakarta, at a depth of 175 miles (282 km).[3]
2007 09 12Sumatra8.5, 7.9, 7.123
2008 02 20Simeulue7.43
2008 02 25Kepulauan Mentawai Region7.0, 6.4, 6.6
2008 11 16Sulawesi7.5, 5.64
2009 01 04West Papua7.64
2009 02 12Talaud Islands7.2
2009 08 16Siberut, Mentawai Islands6.7
2009 09 02Java7.015
2009 09 30Sumatra7.61,117
2010 04 06Sumatra7.8
2010 05 19Sumatra7.2Unreported
2010 10 25Sumatra7.7435
2011 04 03Java6.7Unreported
2011 09 05Northern Sumatra6.61[4]
2012 01 10Off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra7.3Unreported
2012 04 11Off the westernmost Aceh province of Northern Sumatra8.6[5]Unreported Indonesia and other countries with coasts facing the Indian Ocean issued a tsunami warning after an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.6 hit waters off the westernmost Aceh province.[5]
2012 04 11Off the West coast of Northern Sumatra8.2[6]Unreported Aftershock of magnitude 8.2 hits West Coast of Northern Sumatra, 2hours and 5minutes after the first shock

See also

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Notes and references

  1. ^ Date based on local time.
  2. ^ Some sources report other estimates, ranging from 7.0 to 7.4
  3. ^ Magnitude 7.5 - JAVA, INDONESIA[dead link] at the U.S. Geological Survey website
  4. ^ Magnitude 6.6 - NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
  5. ^ a b "Earthquake of 8.6 hits Sumatra". USGS (US Geological Survey). http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eqinthenews/2012/usc000905e/. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  6. ^ "Aftershock of 8.2 hits Northern Sumatra". USGS (US Geological Survey). http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usc00090da#summary. Retrieved 2012-04-12. 

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