Response to destructive earthquake in Indonesia

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    40 minutes ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    26 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Kuchinoerabujima, Japan

    28 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 115km WNW of Naha-shi, Japan

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SE of Nasir, Upper Nile - South Sudan

    48 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Louang Namtha - Laos

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SE of Chittagong - Bangladesh

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    1 hour ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - W of Emporia, Kansas - United States

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Tenosique, Tabasco - Mexico

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Yoro - Honduras

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.4 - 176km SSE of Sigave, Wallis and Futuna

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - La Crosse, WI--MN Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

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    2 hours ago ADVISORY

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    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    3 hours ago ADVISORY

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    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    5 hours ago WARNING

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    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    6 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Longview, TX Region, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mineola, TX Region, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Upper Midwestern, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Fargo, ND--MN Region, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Flood - New London, WI Region, United States

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Marinette--Menominee, WI--MI Region, United States

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Camden, AR Region, United States

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Clinton, IA--IL Region, United States

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central, United States

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Montevideo, MN Region, United States

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Paducah, KY--IL Region, United States

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Brainerd, MN Region, United States

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Port Arthur, TX Region, United States

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.5 - 70km W of Challis, Idaho

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Floods - Eastern Greece

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Western Canada

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Western Peru

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Peru

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Landslide - Floridablanca Municipality, Colombia

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Papua New Guinea

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Lanin, Chile-Argentina

    18 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 45km NNE of Visokoi Island, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

    19 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Huron, SD Region, United States

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Sioux Falls, SD Region, United States

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

    9 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Pakistan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Bolivia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Kempas, Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Landslide - Guguak Malalo, West Sumatra, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - East Kalimantan, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - West Sumatra, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - South Sulawesi, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Vietnam

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - South Korea

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - Mid-Indian Ridge

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Kerinci, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Karangetang, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Floods - Afghanistan

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Africa

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Madagascar

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Mariana Islands

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Marshall Islands

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Yellow Fever - Nigeria

    3 months ago ADVISORY

  • Measles Outbreak - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    2 months ago INFORMATION

VIEW ALL HAZARDS
December 15, 2016

In the early hours of December 7 (local time), a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s Aceh province on the island of Sumatra. The shallow earthquake caused significant damage, claiming the lives of at least 103 people, leaving more than 84,000 people displaced, and damaging 249 buildings.

Many families living in the area damaged by this earthquake—or their loved ones—were there 12 years ago, in December 2004, when the Great Sumatra Earthquake and Indian Ocean Tsunami struck. Then, this part of Aceh was one of the most devastated impact zones. While it is still not possible to predict earthquakes, of course, Indonesia’s capacity for response to destructive geological events has improved remarkably.

Following this event, InAWARE—Indonesia’s early warning and decision support system developed by University of Hawai‘i: Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) and powered by DisasterAWARE—was immediately ready to support response efforts. After the earthquake struck, InAWARE received and automatically processed both the USGS bulletin for the event and locally developed information from Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, dan Geofisika (BMKG), including from the Indonesia Tsunami Early Warning System (InaTEWS). Within minutes, InAWARE registered the hazard and sent out SMS and email notifications to subscribed users, including the emergency operations staff of Indonesia’s national disaster management agency, BNPB.

InAWARE also allowed responders to view a ShakeMap, which is a model of the zones of shaking intensity around the earthquake’s epicenter. This information is especially valuable to decision makers and emergency responders when displayed with other key data layers such as population density (How many people are in severely impacted areas?) and critical infrastructure (How can responders best reach them?).

As part of the response to this earthquake, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) deployed volunteer mappers in the affected area, and PDC joined the effort. Infrastructure and features newly mapped by the volunteers will be incorporated into InAWARE.

As the response operation began, information about the impact of the quake and needs of the affected communities was collected, and the resulting information products were shared with the disaster management community through InAWARE by BNPB, PDC, and BMKG.

BNPB and PDC have been collaborating to enhance Indonesia’s emergency management capacity since 2011. In 2013, with support from USAID OFDA, PDC began the development of InAWARE. Since its initial launch in January 2014, there has been a steady effort to train users, develop and exercise standard operating procedures, incorporate additional data resources, and institutionalize the use of InAWARE at national and provincial levels in Indonesia. A second phase, also funded by USAID and kicked-off in July 2016, will integrate flood data from social media and bring in primary data from new project partners PetaBencana and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). Through these activities, PDC and BNPB leadership intend to further strengthen Indonesia’s ability to effectively respond to hazard events.

Read more about BNPB:

  • A recent PDC-BNPB story with links to others
  • The story of the launch of InAWARE
  • The InAWARE Phase II launch explained
  • A web report on MIT Urban Risk Lab’s PetaBencana
  • The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) website

 

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