Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Tsunami alert after major 7.9 magnitude quake hits W.Indonesia

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Sumatra island in western Indonesia Wednesday, the United States Geological Service said, triggering a tsunami warning.

The quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles), triggering a tsunami alert for parts of Sumatra, including West Sumatra, North Sumatra and Aceh, the local BMKG quake monitoring agency said.

The quake was felt strongly in Padang in West Sumatra for a few seconds, a AFP journalist in the city said. People ran out of their homes to higher ground.

Traffic ground to a halt and there was a sense of panic on the streets, the journalist said.


  • USGS had originally said the quake was 8.2 magnitude before lowering it to 7.9 and the USGS said there was a "low likelihood of casualties and damage".

"There are likely to be no affected structures in this region," it added on its website.

Indonesia, which straddels the Pacific Ring of Fire, a highly active seismic zone where different tectonic plates meet to create earthquakes and volcanos, was badly hit by the Christmas tsunami which hit the Indian Ocean on December 26 2004.
 [ i24news.tv]
  2/3/16
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  •  Magnitude    Mw 7.8
Region    SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Date time    2016-03-02 12:49:46.3 UTC
Location    4.90 S ; 94.23 E
Depth    10 km
Distances:
  •     1060 km SW of Medan, Indonesia / pop: 1,750,971 / local time: 19:49:46.3 2016-03-02
  • 809 km SW of Padang, Indonesia / pop: 840,352 / local time: 19:49:46.3 2016-03-02 
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Related:
Ring of Fire

2 comments:

  1. Indonesia: alerta de tsunami tras fuerte terremoto ...

    En Indonesia un terremoto de 7,8 grados estremeció este miércoles la isla de Sumatra, que llevó a las autoridades a general un alerta de tsunami.

    El sismo se produjo a 10 kilómetros de profundidad. La alerta de tsunami incluye varias zonas del oeste y norte de Sumatra, incluida la provincia de Aceh, informó la agencia indonesia de geofísica BMKG.

    No hay informes inmediatos de heridos o daños.

    La agencia geológica de Estados Unidos (USGS)confirmó la magnitud del temblor.

    Los terremotos que ocurren más cerca de la superficie, como este caso, causan más daños, pero la USGS dijo que el sismo ocurrió muy lejos de tierra firme a unos 662 kilómetros de la población de Muara Siberut.

    La oficina meteorológica de Australia emitió una advertencia marítima para las alejadas islas de Cocos y Christmas. No se ordenaron evacuaciones, pero se alertó de posibles peligrosas y fuertes corrientes y se aconsejó asegurar botes y evitar zonas de playa.

    En 2004, un terremoto de magnitud 9,1 en Indonesia provocó un tsunami que dejó más de 230.000 muertos en una docena de países. La mayoría de las muertes ocurrió en la provincia de Aceh.
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  2. A massive quake struck on Wednesday off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami, but initial fears of another region-wide disaster faded as tsunami warnings were canceled...

    Indonesian and Australian authorities called off their tsunami alerts within two hours of the 7.8 magnitude tremor, though it was still unclear if the quake had destroyed any buildings or killed people in Sumatra.
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    A National Search and Rescue Agency official gave an initial report of some deaths, but later withdrew those comments......todayonline.com

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