Mentawai Strait

Mentawai Strait
Mentawai Islands Map.png
Mentawai Strait
Mentawai Strait is located in Sumatra
Mentawai Strait
Mentawai Strait
Coordinates1°45′00″S 100°0′0″E / 1.75000°S 100.00000°E / -1.75000; 100.00000Coordinates: 1°45′00″S 100°0′0″E / 1.75000°S 100.00000°E / -1.75000; 100.00000
Native nameSelat Mentawai (Indonesian)
Basin countriesIndonesia
Max. length450 kilometres (280 mi)
Max. width150 kilometres (93 mi)
Min. width100 kilometres (62 mi)
ReferencesSelat Mentawai: Indonesia National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, MD, USA

Mentawai Strait separates the island of Sumatra from the small archipelago of the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia. Its waters belong to the Indian Ocean and both banks are part of the province of West Sumatra.

The strait is about 450 km long and its width varies between 100 and 150 km. The main city on the edge of the strait is the capital of West Sumatra, Padang.

The strait is in major fault zone and several earthquakes have been located in it, being the most known those of 1833 Sumatra earthquake and that of 2009 Sumatra earthquake.

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