Sumatra Earthquake, Indonesia (30-09 & 01-10-09)
Two earthquakes struck off Sumatra. Socfindo plantations were not affected.
Two earthquakes struck off the area of Padang situated on the southern coast of Sumatra, Indonesia.
The major shock hit at 5 pm local time on September 30, 2009 with a magnitude of 7.6. The epicenter was 45 kilometres of Padang. Thousands of people were trapped in collapsed buildings and under landslides in West Sumatra province. A second weaker quake was felt in the province of Jambi in Central Sumatra on October 1st, 2009.
The Sumatra earthquakes occurred less than 1 day after the Samoa earthquake, a 8.0 magnitude earthquake that triggered an associated tsunami.
Padang is located 550 km South-West of Medan.
Socfindo plantations are situated in Aceh and Northern Sumatra, the closest estates to Padang being Negeri Lama, A. Pamienke/Halimbe and Aek Loba (425 km North-East of Padang).
Consequently Socfindo plantations were not affected by the seism.