Tsunami Warning Triggered By 8.6 Magnitude Indonesia Earthquake

By on Apr 11, 2012 in Asia, Events, Natural Disasters, Science, World Comments
Tsunami Warning In Indonesia
Indonesia Earthquake Epicenter
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A tsunami warning has been triggered after a massive earthquake hit Indonesia on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The Indonesian government issued the tsunami warning after the massive earthquake hit the sea 270 miles (435 kilometers) from Aceh’s provincial capital.

The initial earthquake was said to be 8.9 magnitude but was later dropped down to 8.6, as reported by ABC News on that same day.

Reports said that the earthquake that struck more than 200 miles off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra have caused panic among residents. Residents were fleeing to high grounds as they remembered the devastating 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the same area that took more than 170,000 people in the province alone.

Furthermore, the Indonesian government said in a report that there were no casualties or significant damage has been reported from the initial earthquake. However, several strong aftershocks were reported in the afternoon and early evening.

Meanwhile, the earthquake was felt in Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch for the entire Indian Ocean but was later lifted.

“A significant tsunami was generated by this earthquake. However, sea level readings now indicate that the threat has diminished or is over for most areas,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said as quoted in a report.

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