On July 2, 2013, at 2:37 pm local time (3:37 am Eastern Daylight Time), a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck northern Sumatra’s Aceh Province at a depth of 10 km, or 6.2 miles. Bener Meriah and Central Aceh districts were hit hardest by the quake, according to international media reports. The Government of Indonesia (GoI) Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency reported at least two aftershocks of magnitudes 5.5 and 5.3 on July 2. The earthquake resulted in landslides that have blocked roads, hampering humanitarian response efforts. Communication with affected areas is also sporadic, and direct contact is limited.
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