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The Padang, Sumatra - Indonesia earthquake of 30 September 2009
On the 30th September 2009, a Moment Magnitude Mw7.6 earthquake occurred off the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, near the city of Padang. This earthquake had a devastating effect on many of the buildings and affected infrastructure and communities there. The epicentre of the event occurred in the same region as the 2004 Sumatra‐Andaman earthquake that generated a Tsunami resulting in the deaths of over 200,000 people. The earthquake epicentre was about 54 kilometres west northwest of the low‐lying coastal city of Padang (population around 900,000), the capital of Indonesia’s West Sumatra province, and the home to many large hotels, some of which were either severely damaged or collapsed.Two hospitals and a large shopping centre were significantly affected as well. Following the earthquake, the UK‐based Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT) mounted a reconnaissance mission to the Padang region in Sumatra. This report presents some of the preliminary findings of the team.
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