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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old March 28th, 2005, 18:18 Thread Starter
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Earthquake magnitude 8.2 off coast of Indonesia - Tsunami likely

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U.S. officials were urging residents to evacuate coastal regions in the Indian Ocean after a earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 struck off the coast of Indonesia Monday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration urged residents within 1,000 kilometers of the epicenter to evacuate coastal regions. The quake was centered on the same fault line where a December 26 earthquake launched a tsunami that killed at least 175,000 people. The director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said scientists there feared another tsunami might hit the area. Charles McCreary said he could not be certain that the quake, which was 203 kilometers (126 miles) from Sibolga on Sumatra Island, would cause a tsunami. Experts agreed the quake was massive. "This earthquake has the potential to generate a widely destructive tsunami in the ocean or seas near the earthquake," NOAA said in a statement on its Web site. "Authorities in those regions should be aware of this possibility and take immediate action." Asked whether evacuations are taking place, USGS spokesman Don Blakeman said, "I certainly hope so." Thailand issued a warning that the quake could bring a tsunami to its southern provinces. The warning, which was carried on national television, cautioned people in the six provinces to be careful and vigilant, but did not order evacuations. USGS spokesman Doug Blake said there had been no reports of tsunami activity nearly 90 minutes after the quake struck. "We're still waiting for any kind of reports," he said. "At this point in time we don't know what type of fault occurred ... and that is critical information we just don't have yet," he said. "It is in the aftershock zone of the December 26 quake. It's a little bit south, but it's on the same fault." The quake occurred at 11:09 a.m. ET (1609 GMT), and is considered a "great" earthquake, the largest of seven grades. The grades are very minor, minor, light, moderate, strong, major and great. Tsunamis are distinguished from normal coastal surf by their great length and speed. A single wave in a tsunami series might be 160 kilometers (100 miles) long and race across the ocean at 960 kph (600 mph). When it approaches a coastline, the wave slows dramatically, but it also rises to great heights because the enormous volume of water piles up in shallow coastal bays. The December 26 quake, measured at magnitude 9, triggered a massive tsunami that devastated Asian and African coastlines in nearly a dozen nations.
Gosh I hope they're acting quickly..I feel helpless
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That was from www.cnn.com btw..
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I just read about that too. I can only hope measures were taken to evacuate people quickly. It's considered an aftershock of the previous earthquake, but 8.2 magnitude is huge.

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Unfortunately they USGS has upgraded the magnitude of the earthquake to 8.7. As of now only a small Tsunami was reported to have struck the coast of India, however nothing like that of December 26.

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Belgian paper says that the threat of Tsunami is gone. Still in Indonesia (Nias) several casualties have been reported

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Inshallah all our Indonesian posters are well and ok.

Latest I have heard is that a tsunami is unlikely as the "danger time" has passed from the earthquake to a tsunami appearing. Also that "dozens" have been killed on Sumatra.

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Fifty people were killed and about 300 homes were destroyed on the island of Nias, near the epicenter of a massive earthquake that struck off the coast of Indonesia on Monday, about 100 people were injured, and many others were believed buried under rubble.Meanwhile, a tidal gauge has detected a small tsunami in the Indian Ocean several hundred miles southwest of the earthquake.Scientists say the threat of a tsunami striking Indonesia and Thailand may have passed because a wave like the one that hit the region on December 26 would have reached those countries almost immediately. Monday's quake struck at 11:09 a.m. ET (1609 GMT).

Well thank god the threat is over for now i hope everyone is safe.
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That is a huge quake. It could have been much worse, if a tsunami had hit.



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The latest news I heard is that 2000 ppl have been killed in the island of Nias. My friend in Medan, Sumatera, who is also a poster here, said the quakes "were very strong that I thought the world was going to end"

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I live in this part of the world, and from what i have heard, there has been no reports of casualties on the mainland. Some of the islands have been very badly hit though. Luckily a tsunami didn't appear as a result, or we would have had that nighmare all over again...
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The figure was earlier given by Jusof Kalla, the Indonesian VP and this pc. of news was taken off from our local ppr, The Straits Times:

2,000 feared dead in Indonesia after quake

JAKARTA - As many as 2,000 people are feared dead in Indonesia after a powerful earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale struck Sumatra late Monday night, an official said on Tuesday. Initial fears of quake-generated tsunamis have eased in the 12 hours since the quake.

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The latest news I heard on radio was that there were indeed ppl buried in the quake and that 80% of the buildings in Nias were destroyed. I got that from liputan6.com btw.

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this is sad, lets hope it doesnt get any worse :frownani:
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The powerful earthquake that struck off the coast of Sumatra on Monday night has caused extensive devastation. Photo: BBC News

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