Earthquake once again shakes western Indian Ocean Aceh, BMKG: Rock deformation

TIME.CO, Jakarta – Agency of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics o BMKG stated that a magnitude 5.3 tectonic earthquake occurred in the Indian Ocean region of West Sumatra, Sinabang, Aceh on Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 01.25.35 WIB on Saturday.

According to the head of the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Centre, Daryono, this shallow earthquake was caused by rock deformation in the outer zone of the Indo-Australian Plate. Earthquakes have a shear-down or normal-oblique motion mechanism.

This earthquake was located in the sea at a distance of 214 kilometers southwest of Sinabang city, Aceh, at a depth of 26 kilometers.

According to the estimated aftershock map, this earthquake caused tremors in the Simeulue area with an intensity scale of II MMI. The vibrations were felt by several people, the suspended light objects swayed. So far there is no information on the impact of the damage caused by the earthquake.

The model results show that this earthquake does not have the potential for a tsunami. Also, as of 02:25 WIB, the results of the BMKG monitoring had shown no aftershock activity.


Daryono asked residents to remain calm and not be swayed by news that cannot be justified. You also asked the public to avoid buildings that are cracked or damaged earthquake.

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