Indonesia Tsunami – Historic facts on the 2007 earthquake – tsunami (same area)

The incredibly active fault area in front of the Sumatra coast and more specific in the immediate vicinity of the Mentawai archipelago was the scene of a devastating earthquake in September 2007.
On September 12 and September 13, the earth shook dramatically heavy in the greater Mentawai region.

Please find herunder the 3 biggest tremors and compare the area with today’s earthquake zone. The similarities are striking.

SEPTEMBER 12 2007 –  11:10 UTC –  Depth 34 km  SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA. MW 8.5

Twenty-five people killed and at least 161 injured, 56,425 buildings damaged or destroyed and roads damaged in Bengkulu and Sumatera Barat. Power and telephone outages occurred. Felt (VI) at Bengkulu; (V) at Padang; (IV) at Lampung, Palembang, Pekanbaru and Sibolga; (III) at Jambi; (II) at Banten and Serang. Also felt at Medan.
Also felt at Batang Berjuntai, Batu Pahat, Gelugor, Johor Bahru, Kertih, Kuala Selangor, Muar, Penang, Pontian Kecil, Putrajaya, Sekudai and Subang Jaya, Malaysia and by people in high-rise buildings at Bangkok, Thailand and Male, Maldives.
A seiche was observed in Khlong Saensaep in Bangkok, Thailand and sink holes which may have been caused by the earthquake appeared at 3 locations in Ipoh, Malaysia.
A tsunami was generated which caused some building damage (included above) in the Serangai area, north of Bengkulu. Tsunami wave heights (in cm, peak-to-trough) were recorded at the following tide stations in the Indian Ocean: 24 at Cocos Island, Australia; 9    on Diego Garcia; 227 at Padang, 52 at Cilacap, 42 at Prigi, 30 at Sibolga, 16 at Sabang and 4.5 at Benoa, Indonesia; 8 at Lamu,     Kenya; 23 at Hanimadu, 21 at Male and 13 at Gan, Maldives; 114 at Rodrigues, Mauritius; 131 at Salalah and Sur Masirah, Oman; 40 at Point La Rue, Seychelles; 60 at Colombo and at Trincomalee, Sri Lanka; 8 on Phuket, Thailand.
Impressing numbers !

SEPTEMBER 12 2007 –  23:49 UTC –  Depth 35 km  KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA. MW 7.9

This earthquake has almost similar data than yesterday’s quake.
Casualties and damage are included with the event at 11:10 UTC. Felt (VI) at Padang and Painan; (IV) at Pekanbaru, Sibolga and Singkil; (III) at Duri, Sumatra.
Felt at Curup and Dumai. Felt (III) at Jakarta, Java. Felt at Pondokaren. Felt (III) at Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya; (II) at Kuala Selangor, Malaysia. Felt at Banting, Georgetown, Johor Bahru, Kampong Salak Tinggi, Klang, Melaka, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Sungai Ara, Malaysia. Also felt (III) in Singapore.

SEPTEMBER 13 2007 –  03:35 UTC –  Depth 22 km  KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA. MW 7.0

Casualties and damage are included with the event of September 12 at 11:10 UTC. Felt (III) at Bengkulu and Padang; (II) at Kapahiang and Padangpanjang, Sumatra. Also felt at Duri, Palembang and Pekanbaru. Felt (II) at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Also felt at Johor Bahru. Felt (III) in Singapore.
Unfortunately, no Mercalli scale numbers for North Pagai, the epicenter area.

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