Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Quake of Aceh | Tsunami Warning Issued

Hello earthlings. 
Just now, we had suddenly shock by breaking news about earthquake with magnitude 8.7 (some sources said 8.9) that struck under the sea of northern Aceh. Seriously, that scale was a really big magnitude and for me, I also felt the tremors. I was sitting in front of my lappy on that time and eating my instant-noodles. Then I felt that my whole body was shaky. My eyes becomes big and bigger more when my drinks spill out from the glass. 
This is my first time felt tremors when I am alone without my family. I thought this is must be a big scale of earthquake because the tremors was almost a minute. When I read my twitter's timeline, it was full with #PrayForSumatera #Earthquake #Tremors and also Magnitude 8.9. Because of that, Malaysia issued a warning for Georgetown and Port Dickson. If tsunami hits Georgetown, it will be at 9pm tonight and Port Dickson at 2am. You may check the tsunami warning issued at >here< for details. Hope everything will be fine. For those who live near the seaside, stay alert and be careful. 
It reminds me of 2004 earthquake with magnitude 9.1. You can check the difference on Indonesian Earthquake map >here< for vivid picture. I also felt the tremors on 2004 earthquake. On that time, the tremors that I felt was more longer than this time. And because of that, big tsunami had destroy almost whole of Aceh.
Here I want to share some news about the earthquake that happen just now. All information credit to reliable sources.
Map showing the location of the earthquake
An earthquake with an magnitude of 8.7 has struck under the sea off Indonesia's northern Aceh province. The quake triggered a tsunami warning 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 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".
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.
The tremor was felt as far away as Singapore, Thailand and India.
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 evacution routes to safe zones. Reuters quoted Indonesian officials as saying there had been no immediate reports of damage of rising water levels in Aceh.
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.
Credit: BBC News - Large Aceh quake triggers Indian Ocean tsunami warning 
JAKARTA: An earthquake of 8.7 magnitude struck off the coast of Indonesia on Wednesday, sending residents there and in India dashing out of their homes and offices in fear. A tsunami warning was issued for the whole Indian Ocean.
The quake struck 500km southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, at a depth of 33km, the US Geological survey (USGS) said. Indonesia's disaster management agency said power was down in Aceh province and people were gathering on high ground as sirens warned of the danger.      
"The electricity is down, there are traffic jams to access higher ground. Sirens and Koran recitals from mosques are everywhere," said Sutopo, spokesman for the agency.
Residents in Banda Aceh reported the ground shaking violently.
"People are in a panic, and there are traffic jams everywhere in Banda Aceh," local Metro TV reported.
"There is potential for a tsunami to hit five provinces in the region – Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Bengkulu and Lampung," said Marzuki, an analyst at Indonesia's Geophysics and Meteorology agency.
The quake was felt as far away as the Thai capital, Bangkok, and in southern India, residents said. Hundreds of office workers in the Indian city of Bangalore left their buildings, workers there said.
The quake was in roughly in the same area as a Dec 26, 2004, quake of 9.1 magnitude, which sent huge tsunami waves crashing into Sumatra, where 170,000 people were killed, and across the Indian Ocean. Meanwhile, Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency has reported a 6.5 magnitude aftershock on the Richter scale following an 8.7 magnitude temblor.
In all, the 2004 tsunami killed about 230,000 people in 13 Indian Ocean countries, including Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. The 2004 quake was at a depth of 30kn along a fault line running under the Indian Ocean, off western Indonesia and up into the Bay of Bengal. The quake was also felt in Sri Lanka and the southern Thai holiday island of Phuket, both of which were hit hard by the 2004 tsunami. Thailand has issued tsunami warning and evacuation order in the southern Thai provinces of Phuket and Phangnga and urged those on Andaman coast to move to safe areas.
"All people along the Andaman coast must evacuate to safe areas. We expect a tsunami 1.6 to 2.0 metres high to hit Phuket and Phang Nga at 5.40pm (6.40pm in Malaysia)," Thailand's National Disaster Warning Centre director Somsak Khaosuwan said on Thai television.
Flights to Phuket were diverted to other airports as passengers and staff were evacuated to higher ground, officials said. Sri Lanka has also issued tsunami warning across island.
Credit: The Malay Mail - Quake off Aceh triggers tsunami warning.

KUALA LUMPUR: Several states in the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia experienced tremors following a magnitude 8.7 earthquake which hit Indonesia's Aceh region today.
The Malaysian Meteorological Department warned the public to stay away from the coast in Kedah, Perlis, Langkawi, Penang and Perak as there was a possible tsunami risk.
Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department assistant operations director Azizan Ismail when contacted by Bernama confirmed the matter and said the tremors were felt in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Perak. 
The tremors were felt around 4.50pm.
Azizan said fire and rescue personnel were despatched to areas where the members of the public sent distress calls.He said the department received calls at 4.47pm about tremors in places like Ampang and Jalan Tun Razak. Staff at the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) heaquarters located off Jalan Tun Razak also reported feeling tremors which lasted about 10 minutes.
In KANGAR, residents at the Seri Sena flats in Kampung Bakau rushed out of their homes and gathered in the parking lot after experiencing the tremors. The residents said they became afraid when the 12-storey flats shook during the tremors. The tremors were also reported to have been felt at the EPF building in the city and also at Kampung Behor Lateh near here as well as Kuala Perlis.

Credit: The Malay Mail - Met Dept: Stay away from coast
Hope everything will be fine.
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