Wednesday, April 11, 2012
An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.5 shook the west coast of Sumatra Island on Wednesday, April 11th, 2011 at 15:38 West Indonesia Time. The quake had a depth of 29 kilometres. The epicenter was about 431 kilometres southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of province of Aceh, Sumatra island. The quake shook Nangroe Aceh Darussalam, Bengkulu, Lampung, West Sumatra and North Sumatra.
In Banda Aceh, the quake terrified residents rushed out of their homes, and go to higher ground. The electricity and telephone line are also interrupted by the earthquake.
This region had a major trauma related to natural disasters in the earthquake and tsunami disaster claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in 2004.