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Breaking news: Indonesia hit by 8.7 earthquake

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    BabuK JF-Expert Member

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    8.7 earthquake hits Sumatra off Indonesia. US Geological Services has said
     
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    What are the effects of the quake?
     
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    ....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.
     
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    Any Casualties?
     
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    There are warning on the coast of Somalia too
     
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    So TANZANIA is safe huh?
     
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    An earthquake with an magnitude of 8.7 has struck under the sea off Indonesia's northern Aceh province.

    The quake triggered a tsunami watch alert across the Indian Ocean region.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said it was not yet known whether a tsunami had been generated, but advised authorities to "take appropriate action".The region is regularly hit by earthquakes. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed 170,000 people in Aceh.The US Geological Survey (USGS), which documents quakes worldwide, said the Aceh quake was centred 33km (20 miles) under the sea about 495km from Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

    It was initially reported as 8.9 magnitude but was later revised down to 8.7 by the USGS. Strong aftershocks were also reported.
    The PTWC alert said quakes of such a magnitude "have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Indian Ocean basin".But Bruce Presgrave of the USGS later told the BBC that the nature of this quake made it less likely a tsunami would be generated, as the earth had moved horizontally, rather than vertically, therefore had not displaced large volumes of water.
    "We can't rule out the possibility, but horizontal motion is less likely to produce a destructive tsunami," he said.Sutopo, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency, said the quake had been felt "very strongly"."Electricity is down, there's traffic jams to access higher ground. Sirens and Koran recitals from mosques are everywhere," he told Reuters.

    'Minute of chaos'The earthquake monitoring agency in Indonesia said the tsunami warning would remain in place for another few hours, but that there had been no reports so far of a low tide, which would indicate the water was receding before building into a tsunami.

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    The tremor was felt as far away as Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India."There was a tremor felt by all of us working in the building," a man called Vincent in Calcutta, India, told the BBC."All just ran out of the building and people were asked not to use the elevator. There was a minute of chaos where all started ringing up to their family and asking about their well-being."The Thai office of disaster management said people along the coasts of Phuket, Phang Na and Andaman province should heed warnings and evacuate.Tsunami warning sirens, set up in many vulnerable areas after the 2004 disaster, were heard in Phuket, where correspondents said people were calmly following evacuation routes to safe zones.
    Indonesia straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire, a zone of major seismic activity.

    The BBC's Karishma Vaswani in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, says there were reports of the ground shaking for up to five minutes. Contact with people in the immediate area around the quake has not been possible so far, says our correspondent.

    Are you in the area affected by the earthquake? You can get in touch with the BBC using the form below:

    Send your pictures and videos to yourpics@bbc.co.uk or text them to61124 (UK) or +44 7624 800 100 (International). If you have a large file you can upload here.
     
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    We need sunami here especially to hit only state house whn that smile boy is in, gademi it..........................
     
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    matsuo Senior Member

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    As long as you are along that coastline better be careful

     
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    TANZANIA

    LINDI
    Arrival Time
    16:59Z 11 APR

    DAR_ES_SALAAM
    Arrival Time
    17:32Z 11 APR

    From Weather.gov

    But I don't think the effect in Tanzania will be formidable in case of an ensuing Tsumani!
     
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    Tetemeko kubwa limepiga leo katika
    pwani ya kisiwa cha Sumatra, Indonesia na
    kusababisha uwezekano wa kutokea
    Tsunami katika Bahari ya Hindi.Tetemeko
    hilo limetwanga umbali wa kilomita 430
    kutoka Banda Aceh mji mkuu wa jimbo la Aceh nchini Indonesia na lina ukubwa wa
    8.7 kwa mujibu wa kituo kinachofuatilia
    mienendo ya miamba cha Marekani (U.S
    Geological Survey) na limepiga katika kina
    cha km 33 chini ya bahari
    Kwa mujibu wa kituo cha television cha CNN asubuhi hii kituo cha tahadhari ya
    Tsunami cha ukanda wa Pacific kimetoa
    tahadhari kwa nchi zote zilizo kando ya
    Bahari ya Hindi kujiweka tayari kwa
    uwezekano wa Tsunami muda wowote
    kuanzia sasa na mamlaka ya Indonesia inayosimamia hali ya hewa,maumbile na
    tabia nchi imesema imeshatahadhalisha
    wananchi wa nchi hiyo
    Umeme umekatika mjini Banda Aceh na
    watu wamekuwa wakikimbilia maeneo
    yaliyoinuka.Bado haijajulikana hasara iliyopatikana kutokana na mtikisiko huo Nchi zilizotakiwa kujiweka tayari ni
    Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia,
    Myanmar, Thailand, Maldives, British Indean
    Ocean territories, Malaysia, Mauritius,
    Reunion, Seychelles, Pakistan, Somalia,
    Oman, Madagascar, Iran, Uae, Yemen, Comores, Bangladesh, TANZANIA,
    Mozambique, Kenya, Crozet Islands,
    Kerguelen Islands, South Africa,
    Singapo
     
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    Hii Tsunami inatakiwa ipige pale magogoni wakati wale walanguzi wapo mle ndani..
     
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    Komredi Mugabe ni afadhali aondoke huko Singapore mapema!
     
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    Tsunami bulletin number 004
    pacific tsunami warning center/noaa/nws
    issued at 1054z 11 apr 2012

    this bulletin is for all areas of the indian ocean.

    ... An indian-ocean-wide tsunami watch is in effect ...

    ... A major aftershock occurred at 11:43z with magnitude 8.3 ...

    A tsunami watch is still in effect for

    indonesia / india / australia / sri lanka / myanmar / thailand /
    maldives / united kingdom / malaysia / mauritius / reunion /
    seychelles / oman / pakistan / somalia / madagascar / iran /
    uae / yemen / comores / mozambique / kenya / tanzania /
    crozet islands / bangladesh / kerguelen islands / south africa /
    singapore

    this bulletin is issued as advice to government agencies. Only
    national and local government agencies have the authority to make
    decisions regarding the official state of alert in their area and
    any actions to be taken in response.
     
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    get real tusiombee mabaya taifa letu kwani yatakapokuja hayatabagua............yatapitiliza hata zaidi ya magogoni.........
     
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    yaah nikweli mkuu, habari hizo zimepatikana na taadhari imekwisha tolew, kwa sasa DAR mvua kubwa sana inanyesha.
     
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    Indonesia issues new tsunami alert for aftershock





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    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — A massive earthquake offIndonesia's western coast triggered tsunami fears across the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, sending residents in coastal cities fleeing to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

    A strong aftershock nearly three hours later sparked a new wave of panic. Indonesia's government responded by issuing a fresh tsunami warning.

    Some residents were crying in Aceh, where memories of a 2004 tsunami that killed 170,000 people in the province alone, are still raw. Others screamed "God is great" as they poured from their homes or searched frantically for separated family members.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the first 8.6-magnitude quake was centered 20 miles (33 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor around 269 miles (434 kilometers) from Aceh province.

    That prompted the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii to issue a tsunami watch 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 wave measuring less than 30 inches (80 centimeters) high, rolled to Indonesia's coast. There were no other signs of serious damage.
    But just as the region was sighing relief, an 8.2-magnitude aftershock hit.

    "We just issued another tsunami warning," Prih Harjadi, from Indonesia's geophysics agency, told TVOne in a live interview.
    People along the western coast of Sumatra island and the Mentawai islands were told to stay clear of coasts.

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centers watch remained in effect. A tsunami watch means there is the potential for a tsunami, not that one is imminent.

    The initial quake was a strike-slip, not a thrust quake, according to experts. In a strike slip quake, the earth moves horizontally rather than vertically and doesn't displace large volumes of water.
    They were still analyzing the aftershock.

    "When I first saw this was an 8.7 near Sumatra, I was fearing the worst," Roger Musson, seismologist at the British geological survey who has studied Sumatra's fault lines, noting one of the initial reported magnitudes for the quake. "But as soon as I discovered what type of earthquake it was, then I felt a lot better."

    The first tremor was felt in Malaysia, where it caused high-rise buildings to shake for about a minute, and in Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh and India.

    It caused chaos in the streets of Aceh. Patients poured out of hospitals, some with drips still attached to their arms. In some places, electricity was briefly cut.

    Hours after the temblor, people were still standing outside their homes and offices, afraid to go back inside.
    "I was in the shower on the fifth floor of my hotel," Timbang Pangaribuan told El Shinta radio from the city of Medan. "We all ran out. ... We're all standing outside now."

    He said one guest was injured when he jumped from the window of his room.
    Thailand's National Disaster Warning Center issued an evacuation order to residents in six provinces along the country's west coast, including the popular tourist destinations of Phuket, Krabi and Phang-Nga.

    India's Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for parts of the eastern Andaman and Nicobar islands. In Tamil Nadu in southern India, police cordoned off the beach and used loudspeakers to warn people to leave the area.

    The quake was felt in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where many people in the city's commercial Motijheel district left their offices and homes in panic and ran into the streets. No damage or causalities were reported.

    In Male, the capital of the Maldives, buildings were evacuated.
    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 Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, most of them in Aceh.


    Indonesia issues new tsunami alert for aftershock - Yahoo! News
     
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    EEEh! Mola...:shock:
     
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