The quake was located around 34 miles from the city of Bireun. It was very strong for about 15 seconds but it was more than 2 minutes long in total. This was evaluated as a major damaging earthquake but it occurred in a sparsely populated area. The worst damage occurred in the village Lampahan. A power failure also happened. Two big aftershocks followed after a few hours. The quake produced material destructions (at least 22 houses and buildings are damaged.) Even the second floor of a hospital has collapsed.
Among those who died six children count. Many others were trapped on a mosque collapsed.
This earthquake produced in the region Aceh. Nine years ago, a 9.1 magnitude earthquake in the same area caused a tsunami that killed 200,000 people.
At the time of the earthquake a meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum was organized in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province.
The Indonesian island of Sumatra is located in a highly seismic area. This earthquake was felt in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. A lot of tourists were anxious
Last update: 25 people died and this is not yet the final count.