The world's longest earthquake lasted 32 years - possibly killing thousands of people
9.1 Sumatra earthquake
Longest earthquake ever
NTU researchers discover 'slow-motion' earthquake that lasted 32 years in Indonesia
Video Amatir Saat Terjadinya Gempa Padang Sumatera Barat 2009
The 1861 Sumatra earthquake occurred on February 16 and was the last in a sequences of earthquakes that ruptured adjacent parts of the Sumatran segment of the Sunda megathrust. It caused a devastating tsunami which led to several thousand fatalities. The earthquake was felt as far away as the Malay peninsula and the eastern part of Java. The rupture area for the 2005 Nias–Simeulue earthquake is similar to that estimated for the 1861 event.
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