Response Operations Underway for 6.5M Earthquake in Indonesia
On December 7 (local time), a 6.5M earthquake struck near the town of Sigli in Indonesia’s Aceh province, exposing thousands to strong-to-very-strong shaking (ASEAN, ECHO). As of December 7, reports indicate that hundreds have been injured and the death toll has reached 102 people, mostly in the Pidie Jaya District (ReliefWeb/ASEAN). The quake also damaged more than two hundred houses and shops, 14 mosques, a school, and a hospital.
RVA Country Profile: Indonesia
This Week in Hazards
- On December 8, two strong earthquakes were reported on both sides of the Pacific. There have been no reports of damage from the first earthquake, a 6.5M that struck off the coast of northern California, United States (USGS, Reuters, Humboldt County OES). The second, which occurred a few hours later, was a 7.8M quake near the Solomon Islands and triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami watch (USGS, Reuters). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has since issued a final message, stating that “based on all available data…the tsunami threat from this earthquake has now passed” (PTWC Tsunami Message #4)
- Recently formed Tropical Cyclone Vardah is strengthening over the Bay of Bengal, and expected to make landfall in India this weekend or early next week (PDC Weather Wall, NASA). As of December 8 (2100 UTC), Vardah is located approximately 630 nautical miles south of Chittagong, Bangladesh, with maximum wind speeds at 50 knots (58 miles per hour) (JTWC Warning #6).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: Bolivia, Paraguay, Thailand, Myanmar, Australia (New South Wales), United States (Texas), Indonesia (Java)
Winter Storm: United States (Western, Michigan, Wisconsin)
Earthquake: United States (California), Solomon Islands, Indonesia
Drought: Peru, United States (Northeaster, Southern, Western), Brazil (Ceará)
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