The epicenter was located about 168 km (104 miles) W of Pariaman (population 92 183) and 196 km (122 miles) W of Padang (population 840 352), West Sumatra, Indonesia.There are about 50 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).16,000 people are estimated to have felt strong shaking, 38 000 moderate, and 5 959 000 light. There is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick with concrete floor and precast concrete frame with wall construction.
Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.