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This is an incomplete list of more recent recorded major earthquakes that have occurred within the boundaries of Indonesia - as indicated by the geology of the region, and the volcanic activity - much large numbers of earthquakes of smaller magnitude occur very regularly due to the meeting of major tectonic plates in the region.

Locations given are either the island/region within Indonesia - or one of the seas that occur within the archipelago.

Note some recent earthquakes are known by their dates rather than specific locations - the Boxing Day 2004 earthquake is also known by the name Sumatra Andaman Island earthquake.

List of Indonesian EarthquakesEdit

Date[1] Location Magnitude Fatalities Description
1917 01 20 Bali 1,500
1938 02 01 Banda Sea 8.5
Further information: 1938 Banda Sea earthquake
1976 06 25 Papua 7.1 5,000
1992 12 12 Flores Region 7.8 2,500
2000 06 04 Southern Sumatra 7.9 103
2002 10 10 Western New Guinea 7.6 8
2002 11 02 Northern Sumatera 7.4 3
2003 05 26 Halmahera7.0 1
2004 01 28 Seram 6.7
2004 02 05 Western New Guinea 7.0 37
2004 02 07 Western New Guinea 7.3
2004 07 25 Southern Sumatra 7.3
2004 11 11 Kepulauan Alor 7.5 34
2004 11 26 Papua 7.1 32
2004 12 26 Sumatra-Andaman Islands 9.3 283,106
Further information: 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake
2005 01 01 Off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra 6.7
2005 02 19 Sulawesi 6.5
2005 02 26 Simeulue 6.8
2005 03 02 Banda Sea 7.1
Further information: 2005 Banda Sea earthquake
2005 03 28 Northern Sumatra 8.6 1,313
2005 04 10 Kepulauan Mentawai Region 6.7
2005 05 14 Nias Region 6.7
2005 05 19 Nias Region 6.9
2005 07 05 Nias Region 6.7
2005 11 19 Simeulue 6.5
2006 01 27 Banda Sea 7.6
Further information: 2006 Banda Sea earthquake
2006 03 14 Seram 6.7 4
2006 05 16 Nias Region 6.8
2006 05 26 Java 6.3 5,749
Further information: May 2006 Java earthquake
2006 07 17 Java 7.7 730
Further information: July 2006 Java earthquake
2006 07 23 Sulawesi 6.1
Further information: July 2006 Sulawesi earthquake
2006 12 18 North Sumatra 5.8 7
2007 01 21 Molucca Sea 7.5 4
2007 03 06 Sumatra 6.4, 6.3 68
Further information: March 2007 Sumatra earthquakes
2007 08 09 Java 7.5[2] The quake was located 70 miles (110 km) east-northeast of Jakarta, at a depth of 175 miles (282 km).[3]
2007 09 12 Sumatra 8.5, 7.9, 7.1 2
Further information: September 2007 Sumatra earthquakes
2008 02 20 Simeulue 7.4 3
2008 02 25 Kepulauan Mentawai Region 7.0, 6.4, 6.6
2008 11 16 Sulawesi 7.5, 5.6
Further information: 2008 Sulawesi earthquake

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

Historical mapsEdit

  • Hamilton, Warren, (1974) Earthquake map of the Indonesian region Scale 1:5 000 000 ; Mercator proj. (E 90p0s--E 148p0s/N 12p0s--S 16p0s) Reston, Va. :US Geological Survey "Folio of the Indonesian region MAP I-875-C".

Notes and ReferencesEdit

  1. Date based on local time.
  2. Some sources report other estimates, ranging from 7.0 to 7.4
  3. Magnitude 7.5 - JAVA, INDONESIA at the U.S. Geological Survey website

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