A 6.4 M Earthquake shook Sigli, Aceh Province, Indonesia at 05:03 (UTC +7) with a depth of 10 km. The earthquake was felt strongly in Pidie, Pidie Jaya and the surrounding districts. Based on the National Statistics Bureau (BP), the total population in Pidie District is around 425,974 while in Pidie Jaya District, it is 151,472.
Damages and casualties were reported from the affected sites. Local news agencies reported 18 deaths from Pidie Jaya District. Damage assessment is currently ongoing.
Based on the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADINet), the area has been affected by earthquakes in the recent past. In October 2013, a 5.6 M earthquake shook Pidie District. It has caused 1 death and nearly 600 houses were damaged. Prior to that, in July 2013, a 6.2 M earthquake occurred in Bener Meriah District causing damage to nearly 20,000 houses and 37,000 people were reportedly displaced. A total of 42 people were reported to have died in Bener Meriah and Aceh Tengah.
The next Flash Update will be issued based on further developments of the situation and influx of new information.