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8.2 magnitude aftershock hits Indonesia after massive 8.7 scale jolt

Strong 8.2 Magnitude Aftershock Earthquake hits Sumatra, Indonesia – Tsunami Warning Issued

8.9 Magnitude Earthquake hits Sumatra, Indonesia - Tsunami Warning Issued

Latest Update: 8.2 magnitude aftershock hits Aceh, Indonesia within an hour of 8.7 magnitude earthquake.

An aftershock measuring 8.2 on the Richter scale hit Aceh around 5:00 Wednesday afternoon, according to Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

Update: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says ‘No Tsunami Threat’ For Indonesia

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that there was “no tsunami threat, although we are on alert,” in a televised speech from the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon, according to Reuters.

Residents flee after 8.7 Earthquake in Indonesia

Residents flee after 8.7 Earthquake in Indonesia

Update: 6.5 magnitude aftershock hits Aceh, Indonesia within an hour of 8.7 magnitude earthquake.

An aftershock measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale hit Aceh around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon, according to Indonesia’s Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

A tsunami warning is still in effect for Sumatra and more than 25 countries, including: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh, India and Thailand.

The epicenter of the aftershock was 42 kilometers off the Indian Ocean.

Indonesia issued a tsunami warning Wednesday afternoon after an earlier earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.5 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 U.S. 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 BMKG who goes by only one name, said a tsunami warning has been issued for Aceh, West Sumatra, North Sumatra, Lampung and Bengkulu.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a tsunami warning for the following 27 countries: Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Burma, Thailand, Maldives, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Reunion, Seychelles, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Madagascar, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Comores, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Islands, South Africa and Singapore.

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, nearly three quarter of them in Aceh.

Earlier Update of 8.7 Earthquake in Indonesia:

It was initially reported as 8.9 magnitude but was later revised down to 8.7 by the USGS.

The tsunami warning 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”.

The tremor was felt as far away as Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh and India.

The Thai office of disaster management said people along the west coast of Andaman province should heed warnings and evacuate.

Reuters reports that people in the region were making their way to higher ground, but quoted Indonesian officials as saying there had been no immediate reports of damage of rising water levels in Aceh.

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.

Indonesia straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire, a zone of major seismic activity.

Earlier Update (Reuters) – Indonesia issued a tsunami warning after a huge 8.9 magnitude earthquake off its westernmost province Aceh, leading panicked locals to scramble out of their houses to seek refuge.

An tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean on Wednesday after a large earthquake hit waters off Indonesia, sending residents pouring from their homes in panic.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 8.7-magnitude quake was centered 20 miles (33 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor around 269 miles (434 kilometers) from Aceh’s provincial capital.

People on Twitter said tremors were felt in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh 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.

 

Indonesia Earthquake Tsunami Warning Issued Following Magnitude 8.7 Temblor

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

The province was devastated by a 2004 tsunami that left 170,000 dead or missing, and that in total killed about 230,000 people in 13 Indian Ocean nations.

An Indonesian official says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.9 has hit off Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra.

A tsunami warning has been issued by Indonesian and US monitors.

Indonesia has issued a tsunami warning after a quake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.9 hit waters off westernmost Aceh province.

The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday the quake was centered 20 miles (33 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor around 308 miles (495 kilometers) from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.

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

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, nearly three quarter of them in Aceh.

8.9 magnitude earthquake hits sumatra-indonesia-tsunami warning issued

 

Magnitude 8.7 Mw
Date-Time
  • 11 Apr 2012 08:38:38 UTC
  • 11 Apr 2012 14:38:38 near epicenter
  • 11 Apr 2012 14:38:38 standard time in your timezone
Location 2.348N 93.072E
Depth 33 km
Distances
  • 431 km (268 miles) SW (216 degrees) of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
  • 962 km (598 miles) W (265 degrees) of KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 14.0 km; Vertical 2.8 km
Parameters Nph = 243; Dmin = 514.3 km; Rmss = 1.67 seconds; Gp = 36°
M-type = Mw; Version = 8

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