List of earthquakes in Indonesia

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Earthquake damage in Ambon, 1898

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.

List of Indonesian earthquakes[edit]

  Date[1]   Location Magnitude Fatalities Description
1797 02 10 Sumatra 8.4 >300
Further information: 1797 Sumatra earthquake
1833 11 25 Sumatra 8.8-9.2 6000
Further information: 1833 Sumatra earthquake
1861 02 16 Sumatra 8.5 2,000+
Further information: 1861 Sumatra earthquake
1899 09 30 Ceram 7.8 >3000 Earthquake followed by tsunami.
Further information: 1899 Ceram earthquake
1917 01 20 Bali 8.6 1,500
Further information: 1917 Bali earthquake
1935 12 28 Sumatra 7.7 Unknown
Further information: 1935 Sumatra earthquake
1938 02 01 Banda Sea 8.5 Unknown
Further information: 1938 Banda Sea earthquake
1943 06 08 Sumatra 7.2 Unknown
Further information: 1943 Alahan Panjang earthquakes
1965 01 24 Sanana Island 8.2 71
Further information: 1965 Ceram Sea earthquake
1976 06 25 Papua 7.1 5,000
Further information: 1976 Papua earthquake
1977 08 19 Sumba 8.3 189
Further information: 1977 Sumba earthquake
1981 01 19 Papua 6.7 305
Further information: 1981 Irian Jaya earthquake
1982 12 25 Flores 5.9 13
Further information: 1982 Flores earthquake
1984 11 17 Northern Sumatra 7.2
1992 12 11 Flores Region 7.8 2,500
Further information: 1992 Flores earthquake
1994 02 15 Sumatra 7.0 207
Further information: 1994 Liwa earthquake
1994 06 03 Java 7.8 200+
Further information: 1994 Java earthquake
1996 02 17 Biak 8.1 108
Further information: 1996 Biak earthquake
2000 06 04 Southern Sumatra 7.9 103
Further information: 2000 Sumatra earthquake
2002 10 10 Western New Guinea 7.6 8
2002 11 02 Northern Sumatra 7.3 3
Further information: 2002 Sumatra earthquake
2003 05 26 Halmahera 7.0 1
2004 01 28 Seram 6.7 Unknown
2004 02 05 Western New Guinea 7.0 37
2004 02 07 Western New Guinea 7.3
2004 07 25 Southern Sumatra 7.3
2004 11 11 Kepulauan Alor 7.5 34
2004 11 26 Papua 7.1 32
2004 12 26 Sumatra-Andaman Islands 9.1-9.3 283,106
2005 01 01 Off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra 6.7
2005 02 19 Sulawesi 6.5 Unknown
2005 02 26 Simeulue 6.8
2005 03 02 Banda Sea 7.1
2005 03 28 Northern Sumatra 8.6 1,313
Further information: 2005 Sumatra earthquake
2005 04 10 Kepulauan Mentawai Region 6.7
2005 05 14 Nias Region 6.7
2005 05 19 Nias Region 6.9
2005 07 05 Nias Region 6.7
2005 11 19 Simeulue 6.5
2006 01 27 Banda Sea 7.6
Further information: 2006 Banda Sea earthquake
2006 03 14 Seram 6.7 4
2006 05 16 Nias Region 6.8
2006 05 26 Java 6.3 5,780
Further information: May 2006 Java earthquake
2006 07 17 Java 7.7 730
2006 07 23 Sulawesi 6.1
2006 12 18 North Sumatra 5.8 7
2007 01 21 Molucca Sea 7.5 4
2007 03 06 Sumatra 6.4, 6.3 68
Further information: March 2007 Sumatra earthquakes
2007 08 09 Java 7.5 The shock was located 100 km (62 mi) east-northeast of Jakarta, at a depth of 289 km (180 mi).[2]
2007 09 12 Sumatra 8.5, 7.9, 7.1 23
2008 02 20 Simeulue 7.4 3
2008 02 25 Kepulauan Mentawai Region 7.0, 6.4, 6.6
2008 11 16 Sulawesi 7.5, 5.6 4
Further information: 2008 Sulawesi earthquake
2009 01 03 West Papua 7.6 4
Further information: 2009 Papua earthquake
2009 02 12 Talaud Islands 7.2
Further information: 2009 Talaud Islands earthquake
2009 08 16 Siberut, Mentawai Islands 6.7
Further information: August 2009 Sumatra earthquake
2009 09 02 Java 7.0 15
Further information: 2009 West Java earthquake
2009 09 30 Sumatra 7.6 1,117
Further information: 2009 Sumatra earthquakes
2010 04 06 Sumatra 7.8
Further information: April 2010 Sumatra earthquake
2010 05 19 Sumatra 7.2 Unreported
2010 06 16 Papua 7.0 17
Further information: 2010 Papua earthquake
2010 10 25 Sumatra 7.7 435
2011 04 03 Java 6.7 Unreported
2011 09 05 Northern Sumatra 6.6 1 [3]
2012 01 10 Off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra 7.3 0
2012 04 11 Off the westernmost Aceh province of Northern Sumatra 8.6[4] 10
Further information: 2012 Indian Ocean earthquakes
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.[4]
2012 04 11 Off the West coast of Northern Sumatra 8.2[5] 0 Aftershock of magnitude 8.2 hits West Coast of Northern Sumatra, 2hours and 5minutes after the first shock
2012 12 10 North-West of Saumlaki,
Tanimbar Islands
7.2[6]
2013 04 06 Enarotali near Irian Jaya, E. Indonesia 7.1
2013 07 02 Northern Sumatra 6.1 35[7]
Further information: 2013 Aceh earthquake
2013 11 19 68 miles off Tobelo, Halmahera Island 6.3 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Date based on local time.
  2. ^ M7.5 Java, Indonesia earthquake of 8 August 2007, United States Geological Survey 
  3. ^ Magnitude 6.6 - NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
  4. ^ a b "Earthquake of 8.6 hits Sumatra". USGS (US Geological Survey). Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  5. ^ "Aftershock of 8.2 hits Northern Sumatra". USGS (US Geological Survey). Retrieved 2012-04-12. 
  6. ^ Magnitude 7.2 - 208km NW of Saumlaki, Indonesia
  7. ^ "Aceh earthquake death toll reaches 35". Jakarta Post. July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 

Historical maps[edit]

  • Hamilton, Warren, (1974) Earthquake map of the Indonesian region Scale 1:5 000 000 ; Mercator proj. (E 90p0s—E 148p0s/N 12p0s—S 16p0s) Reston, Va. :US Geological Survey "Folio of the Indonesian region MAP I-875-C".

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