Massive 8.7 Earthquake Strikes Near Indonesia

A Massive earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia today sending tsunami fears to the local islands.
CNN reported:

A massive earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday afternoon, triggering a tsunami alert for the Indian Ocean.

The quake struck about 434 kilometers (270 miles) southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia’s Aceh province, and had a magnitude of 8.6, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It took place at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles).

The tremor revived fearful memories of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in the region in 2004 that killed tens of thousands of people.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Wednesday that it had issued a tsunami watch for the entire Indian Ocean, and the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said it had put up a tsunami warning.

The Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said on local television that there were no reports of casualties or damage in Aceh so far.

The areas most at risk of a tsunami are coastal areas of Aceh, particularly the island of Simeulue, Prih Harjadi, an official for the Indonesian geophysics agency said on Metro TV.

The earthquake appears to have involved a horizontal movement rather than a vertical movement, so it is less likely that it will generate a tsunami, said Gary Gibson from the Seismology Research Center in Melbourne, Australia.

Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, issued their own tsunami warnings.

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  • OldSailor

    Please God, not again.

  • that is the same place as 2004. hope they have a better warning system and people heed it.

  • valerie

    Sometimes it’s better to just get out of the way, even if the prediction is iffy.

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  • SeniorD

    This location is relatively close to Anak Kratatao.

  • Rock

    Too bad it was not DC, we could use a little Mother Earth intervention about now.

  • stuart

    SeniorD #5
    Not even close. Krakatao is almost a thousand miles away. It lies in the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra. Given the fact that the movement was horizontal (a strike slip event), It seems more than likely this was a transform fault adjustment in response to the massive 9.0 subduction event in 2004. Indonesia is one of the most active regions on the planet. It’s possibly worse than Japan, and that’s saying a lot

  • Soviet of Washington

    The local TV news here in the Peoples Republic of Portland sprang into action this morning to assure us that there was no tsunami threat to the US West Coast (from an earthquake in the Indian Ocean!!). D’oh.

  • Buffalobob

    Matt Damon on his way to promote his anti fracking movie.