Aceh Earthquake 2013

On 2 July 2013 at 14:37 Jakarta time (UTC/GMT +7 hours) a 6.1 Richter Scale earthquake struck Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam. It was measured at 6.2 Richter Scale (as reported by BMKG) or 6.1 Richter Scale (as reported by USGS) and VIII MMI.

The epicenter was located on the ground, at 10km depth, 4.70 North, 96.61 East, 35 km southwest of Bener Meriah District, in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, Indonesia. The earthquake was strongly felt in Bener Meriah, Aceh Tengah, Lhokseumawe and Meulaboh Districts. It was felt less strongly in Banda Aceh and Medan. The worst-hit area spans across 12 villages of Ketol Sub District. Five of those 12 villages are accessible.

Aftershocks with magnitude 5.5 Richter Scale and 5.3 Richter Scale struck on the evening of 2 July. The National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) has reported 35 casualties, about 275 injured. The number of buildings damaged or destroyed stands at 4,292 houses and 83 public or community buildings.The number of casualties is expected to rise as search and rescue teams continue searching damaged buildings for survivors. There are no official figures on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The numbers are being verified by local authorities.


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Comment by David Andrew Bopp on July 19, 2013 at 9:09am

Hi Sulaiman! The best thing you can do is connect with Lynette at the email below.

Comment by Sulaiman Hassan on July 17, 2013 at 11:13pm

Dear Mr. David Andrew Bopp,

I'm Sulaiman ( from Jakarta.

If i willing to help & get involved, what can i do? And how the process? Thanks.

Sulaiman Hassan

HP: 0813.1123.7367

email :

Comment by David Andrew Bopp on July 17, 2013 at 12:10pm
Hello David Bopp (IDRN Community),

Today is my last day in Takengon (Aceh Tengah). If IDRN is planning to come & help out here, do come by to radio RRI Takengon 93 FM on Jalan Lembaga Kemili Telp.(0643) 23456. They would love to do interviews with your team, delivering life-saving information. We have a broadcast slots every Monday, Wednesday & Friday 3-4pm LIVE interactive (or recorded, no problem). They promise us (First Response Indonesia) to do the interviews (& broadcasting it) until September 2013 (i think until rehab-rekon phase too).
RRI technicians are working to fix transmitter/antenna so that they could reach BENER MERIAH district but in ACEH TENGAH district, it is fine. Aids are distributed 80% to Aceh Tengah.
We are also inviting local government to do the interviews, so please stop by and meet Mr.Gurniandi (0813-17415100) or his reporter Rian(0853-60040507) and tell them you are invited by Carly from First Response Indonesia (my contact number is below).
Thank you.
Comment by Caleb Musa Gusen on July 16, 2013 at 1:31am

This is unfortunate. However, God allowed it to happen for a purpose. I sympathize with all the victims who lost their properties and loved ones. We shall continue to pray for them.

Comment by FX on July 15, 2013 at 6:19pm

FYI:  FX will be in the Ya'an Sichuan Earthquake zone this week training workers.  Your prayers are greatly appreciated.  Heavy rains continue to hamper relief efforts and more rain is forecasted.  David, we are lifting you guys up for Ache, press on.  -- FX

Comment by David Andrew Bopp on July 15, 2013 at 2:22pm

Update on Response and Capacity
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed BNPB and related government institutions to
undertake Search and Rescue (SAR) and relief operations. In line with this, and considering the impact, the
Governor of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam declared a state of emergency from 3 to 17 July, 2013.
The Aceh District Agency for Disaster Management (BPBD) – working with police, military, Red Cross,
District Health Office and Public Works – have undertaken Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, have set
up an Incident Command Post, and are distributing food assistance to the affected families. The Commander
of Lhokseumawe District military has been appointed the Incident Commander. An incident command
structure is established by this afternoon.
BNPB has made Rp 40 billion (US$ 4,040,000) available for emergency response. With support from the
military, BNPB has deployed a Collibri air force helicopter to support SAR operation and a CN 235 plane to
undertake rapid assessment from the air.
BASARNAS (National Search And Rescue Agency) has deployed 82 personnel from its branches in Banda
Aceh, Kutacane, Pekanbaru and Meulaboh.
The Ministry of Health has made medical teams available, has prepared Adam Malik Hospital in Medan to
receive medical evacuees; and will send counseling teams to support IDPs experiencing psychosocial
The Ministry of Public Works is assessing the damage of public works infrastructure and is deploying heavy
machinery to clean up landslide debris that cut off the road access at KM 92 the previous day. Two mobile
water tanks have also been deployed to Bener Meriah District. The response team from the Ministry of
Public Works is also preparing one water tank and five temporary toilets.
Approximately 110 youth volunteers from Tagana (a Ministry of Social Affairs youth group program for young
people specializing in emergency response) have been deployed to set up public kitchens in four locations of
Aceh Tengah District and in five locations of Bener Meriah District. The Social Affairs District Government
agencies of Aceh Tengah and Bener Meriah are distributing two tons of rice to affected families as part of
their initial response, while the Ministry of Social Affairs is distributing food and non-food items including 30
tons of rice, canned sardines, tents, mats, diesel generators all worth Rp 2.1 billion.
The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) Centre stands ready to deploy ASEAN
Emergency Rapid Assessment Team (ERAT) and shelter toolkit as well as the ASEAN Fund – if requested
by BNPB.

Comment by David Andrew Bopp on July 15, 2013 at 2:15pm

For more information and to participate in the response please contact Lynnette Johnson at

Comment by David Andrew Bopp on July 15, 2013 at 2:13pm

Hello IDRN Members! We have recieved this message from IDRN member Lynette Johnson working in the field at the earthquake site!

Dear HISG IDRN Partners, 

We really appreciate your ongoing prayers, CFK’s Disaster Response Team initially connecting with our partnering networks (LEARN & PLAN) as well as a team who have been working in the area long-term.  Over the past few days the CFK team has implemented mobile medical clinic’s and assisted with the distribution of emergency aid.   The Emergency Phase is expected to be over by Tuesday  - regular supply chains and markets are beginning to open up again and fortunately the peoples crops were not too heavily effected so the farmers should also be able to get back to work soon, also the government clinic’s are mobilizing medical staff from nearby districts that were not effected by the disaster – then the longer recovery and rehabilitation phase will begin. 

CFK’s Disaster Response Team members together with PLAN Indonesia have also conducted a joint assessment focused specifically on the anticipated needs of Children during the ongoing recovery phase as over 300 schools are being reported as destroyed/heavily damaged.  As a result of that assessment, PLAN are now seeking funding for an initial 3 month Children’s Psychosocial & Education Recovery Program with CFK being the local implementing partner.  This program is expected to be implemented at 6 locations in the sub-district of Ketol.

Also, as we move into the Recovery Phase, CFK are monitoring the temporary shelter situation, most families with destroyed and heavily damaged houses are now staying in tents closed to their home sites (as they have goods/crops etc there).  The government has committed funding for rebuilding/repairing damaged houses, however there may also be a need to implement a short term program which involves providing awareness building on how to construct simple earthquake safe dwellings using the recycled materials from their damaged houses together with toolkit distribution.  CFK implemented a similar program after the 2009 earthquake in Padang, so we are in a position to do it again here in Aceh, should there be a need and funding is made available.

Once again thank you so much for your prayers and quick decision to provide crucial financial support to this disaster effort, I will continue to keep you updated and as soon as the Emergency Response Team returns with the details we will put together a full Emergency Response Report for JICF.


Lynnette Johnson

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