Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Tsunami Warning: 8.5 Earthquake Near Indonesia

An 8.9 magnitude earthquake has hit off north-west Indonesia. Though the Indonesian government has downscale the magnitude to 8.5 in the richter scale, this is comparable to the  earthquake in Aceh that caused the 2004 Tsunami.

Tremors have been felt in Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and many southern states of India, including Bangalore.

A tsunami warning has been issued by Indonesia; India and US climate agency NOAA.

Watch this space for further updates. 
Indonesia issues tsunami warning after 8.7 earthquake

Jakarta: Indonesia issued a tsunami warning Wednesday after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.7 hit waters off westernmost Aceh province. People on Twitter said tremors were felt in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and India. High-rise apartments and offices on Malaysia's west coast shook for at least a minute.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami watch was in effect for Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Maldives and other Indian Ocean islands, Malaysia, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Iran, Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore.

A tsunami watch means there is the potential for a tsunami, not that one is imminent. 

The US Geological Survey said the powerful quake was centered 20 miles (33 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor around 308 miles (495 kilometers) from Aceh's provincial capital.

Said, an official at Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency who goes by only one name, said a tsunami warning has been issued.

Tremors were also felt in Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Patna, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Cuttack, Bhubaneshwar and several other cities on the eastern coast of India. India has also issued tsunami warning for coastal regions of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands following the earthquake.

Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity. A giant 9.1-magnitude quake off the country on December 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, nearly three quarter of them in Aceh.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't feel any here in Singapore, but ample warnings are already issued to India on its shoddy constructions. Please tighten construction safety regulations to save people from the imminent danger from manmade shelters jolted by natural disasters. 8.9 magnitude is really scary. My heart goes out to those got affected by this calamity.