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Indonesia: Earthquake: 2005/03/28 Country Information on DRR

Period 2005/03/28
Country or District Indonesia
Event Type Earthquake
Outline A magnitude 8.7 earthquake struck the West coast of Sumatra in Indonesia centered near the island of Nias. More than 290 people were feared killed on the island.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
OCHA Situation Report No. 6 2005/04/29
Dead: 905
Displaced: 106,800

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OCHA Situation Report 2005/05/11
Following the 28 March earthquake, some 1,380 MT of mixed food commodities have been delivered to approximately 561,900 people on Nias Island through blanket distributions, while in May the distributions will target 117,000 vulnerable people.

OCHA Situation Report No. 6 2005/04/29
In the past week road conditions in Nias have improved and relief aid deliveries are now primarily undertaken by road, although air deliveries continue for the northwest part of the island where access is still limited.

Reuters AlertNet 2005/04/25
The death toll from a massive earthquake that struck islands off the coast of Sumatra nearly four weeks ago has risen to 905 and is expected to climb higher, Indonesia's disaster management agency said on Monday.

Reuters AlertNet 2005/04/20
The death toll from a huge earthquake that struck islands off the coast of Sumatra three weeks ago has risen to 714 and would increase, Indonesia's disaster management agency said on Wednesday.

OCHA ReliefWeb 2005/04/19
The confirmed death toll from a powerful earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island last month has risen to 714 as more bodies have been pulled from the rubble, officials said Tuesday.

OCHA Situation Report 2005/04/07
While challenges still remain with the internal distribution of relief items on both Simeulue and Nias the situation is gradually improving as roads are being cleared and more sea and air assets are made available, delivering essential goods such as food and shelter as well as medical equipment.

OCHA Situation Report No. 4 2005/04/01
The situation in Nias remains critical with bad weather hampering the arrival and distribution of relief aid. The aftershocks are continuing and people are unable to return to their homes. Bad weather has hampered the distribution of relief aid, and landslides have blocked the road from Nias airport (Binaka) to Gunung Sitoli town. Indonesia has deployed 3 war ships, 4 helicopters, 2 airplanes and a battalion of troops for assistance in Nias.

Earthquake Research Institute University of Tokyo
Special Event Page Northern Sumatra Earthquake

Information of the Northern Sumatra Earthquake, March 28, 2005

OCHA Situation Report No. 3 2005/03/30
Casualties in Nias are currently reported to be 500 and rising. Local authorities place the death toll between 300-500 with the number of injured at possibly ten times this figure. A total of 20 people were airlifted out yesterday and another 30 today.

OCHA Situation Report No. 2 2005/03/29
While the exact number of casualties has not been confirmed, there are approximately 200 dead and over 300 injured, many of them severely. Medical evacuations of the most serious cases are currently being carried out to Medan, Meulaboh and Sibolga.

OCHA Situation Report No. 1 2005/03/29
There are unconfirmed figures of 200 casualties, 500 injured and 2,000 displaced. The Ministry of Public Works reports that some 85% of structures in the capital of Nias Island, Gunung Sitoli, and the capital of South Nias Regency, Teluk Dalam Township, have been damaged. Telecommunication facilities have been totally paralysed.

BBC News 2005/03/29
Emergency supplies are on their way to the Indonesian island of Nias, where more than 1,000 people are feared dead after Monday's massive earthquake.

Reuters 2005/03/29
Around 1,000 people are dead on Indonesia's Nias island off the coast of Sumatra following the 8.7 magnitude earthquake that struck overnight, the country's disaster center said on Tuesday.

Reuters 2005/03/29
A massive earthquake likely killed between 1,000 and 2,000 people on Indonesia's Nias island, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said in a radio interview on Tuesday. "With 80 percent buildings in Gunungsitoli having been damaged, that could happen," Kalla said. Gunungsitoli, the main town on Nias island, was especially hard hit.

Reuters 2005/03/28
Hundreds of people were feared killed in a massive 8.7 magnitude earthquake that hit a small island in western Indonesia on Monday, but panic across Asia that it could lead to another devastating tsunami soon receded.

BBC News 2005/03/28
Thousands of people fled their homes in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka - areas still recovering from the deadly tsunami in December.

Bloomberg 92/03/2005
Quake Strikes Island Off Sumatra; 290 People Killed.

Geographycal Data

Reuters Alertnet 2005/03/29
GRAPHIC: Sumatra earthquake

U.S. Geological Survey
Preliminary Earthquake Report on the Magnitude 8.7 earthquake occurring in northern Sumatra on March 28, 2005 at 11:09:36 PM (local time).


BBC News 2005/03/30
In pictures: Devastated Nias

BBC News 2005/03/29
Much of Gunung Sitoli, the capital of earthquake-hit Nias island in Indonesia, has been devastated.