Massive earthquake hits Aceh in Indonesia

Dec 7, 2016 16:13 IST

At least 54 people are fear to be dead and several more grievously injured after an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 hit the coast of Aceh, a province located at the northern end of Sumatra, Indonesia.

It is the same province that was worst-hit by the devastating 2004 earthquake and tsunami, which also tore apart several areas in India, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. A total of around 170,000 people were killed in Aceh alone and around 500 had become homeless at the time.

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Key Details

  • The quake hit in the early hours of the morning. The initial quake was followed up by five aftershocks
  • he district closest to the epicentre, Pidie Jaya has suffered the maximum loss. The regency is about 110 km away from Aceh’s capital city, Banda Aceh.
  • A total of over 200 homes and shops have collapsed. Several mosques have also been severely damaged along with one school and a local hospital.
  • Many people are feared to be trapped inside the rubble, causing frantic rescue efforts.
  • At least 54 people are feared to be dead and 70 or more injured. Several children are reported to be among those who have lost their lives.
  • According to Indonesia’s meteorological agency, there is no risk of a tsunami.
  • Many people left their homes and are now reluctant to go back.
  • Earth movers being deployed to clear rubble and rescue victims trapped beneath the wreckage.
  • Though power is out in several parts of the region, the Aceh International Airport is functioning normally.


The rescue operation is being led by the National Search and Rescue agency with the support of Indonesian police and military personnel. The President of Indonesia would soon be visiting the affected site.

What they need urgently?

  • More medical staff
  • Medicines
  • Heavy machines to lift the heavier pieces of rubble

Indonesia is a country that falls in one of the most earthquake-prone zones. The country’s Sumatra Island was hit by an earthquake earlier this year as well. The massive earthquake measuring 7.8 had led to issuing of tsunami warnings in both Indonesia and Australia. The warning was, however, withdrawn later. Not much damage was caused.


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