Indonesia’s Earthquake History: A Timeline of Major Quakes from 2008 to 2022


Indonesia is an archipelago nation located on the “Ring of Fire,” an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean that is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Between 2008 and 2022, Indonesia experienced a number of earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 5 on the Richter scale. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at Indonesia’s earthquake history over this period of time. We will examine the locations, magnitudes, and associated fatalities of the major quakes from 2008-2022. Additionally, we will explore the possible causes of these quakes and the effects they had on the affected communities. By understanding Indonesia’s recent seismic activity, we can learn more about natural disasters and how to best prepare for them.

Data from 2008-2022

The Indonesian island nation has experienced a number of major earthquakes over the past 14 years. From 2008-2022, the country has been hit with at least 20 earthquakes of magnitude 5 or greater. In 2008, Indonesia was rocked by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5. This was followed in 2010 by an 8.4 magnitude quake and a 6.6 magnitude quake that both occurred in the same month. In 2011, there were two earthquakes that measured 6.4 and 6.9 respectively.
In 2012, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake shook the country, resulting in considerable damage and casualties. 2013 saw a 6.2 magnitude quake and two 6.3 magnitude quakes. 2014 saw two more quakes that measured 7.2 and 6.3 respectively. In 2015, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck Indonesia, while in 2016 saw an earthquake of 6.5 magnitudes that resulted in the loss of life and property.
In 2017, an earthquake of 6.5 magnitudes struck, followed by another 6.9 magnitude quake in 2018. 2019 saw an 8.1 magnitude quake which was one of the strongest earthquakes to hit Indonesia in years. 2020 also saw several strong earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.3 and 7.3 respectively. 2021 has been particularly active with five major earthquakes ranging from 6.2 to 6.9 in magnitude thus far. In 2022, the country experienced two quakes measuring 5.8 and 5.6 on the Richter scale respectively.
These earthquakes have caused extensive damage and disruption across Indonesia over the years, with thousands of homes destroyed, casualties, and millions of dollars in losses in some instances. Despite this, the people of Indonesia are resilient and continue to face these natural disasters with strength and courage.


The data from 2008 to 2022 paints a clear picture of the earthquake activity in Indonesia. Over this 14-year period, there have been more than 450 earthquakes of magnitude 5 or higher. The majority of these events occurred in the provinces of West Nusa Tenggara and North Sulawesi, indicating a higher risk of seismic activity in those areas. Additionally, the seismic data showed that the largest earthquakes in the time frame were located close to major cities like Palu and Makassar, further emphasizing the need for adequate earthquake preparation and mitigation strategies in populated areas. With more accurate and detailed data available, it is possible to further analyze Indonesia’s seismic history and build better strategies to minimize the impact of future earthquakes.

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