Wednesday, April 11, 2012

8.7 quake off Aceh, Indonesia - tsunami alert issued

Did you feel the quake?

According to The Star, a massive 8.7 earthquake (preliminary magnitude of 8.9) struck waters off westernmost Aceh province in Sumatra, Indonesia, triggering a tsunami alert in countries across the Indian Ocean. The quake was centred at 33km beneath the ocean floor, around 434km from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.

In Penang, mild tremors lasting about a minute were felt in Seberang Prai around 4.45pm, sending people scurrying out of their homes and public places.

Tremors were also felt in the Klang Valley and Perak, all along the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia.

In Bangkok, a tsunami warning and evacuation order were issued by disaster prevention authorities in the southern Thai provinces of Phuket and Phangnga. Warning sirens have been turned on and people have been asked people to move to a safe place.

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 Aceh on Dec 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, nearly three quarter of them in Aceh. The Indonesian archipelago is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area where large numbers of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

Source: The Star..8.7 quake off Aceh, Indonesia issues tsunami alert


  1. Phew! I hope everybody's OK. We've been experiencing monster quakes along the Pacific ring. I still wonder when it's Tokyo's tur ...

    Nah. Let's not think about that. Be prepared, but don't fret.

  2. every one is telling they felt about the earthquake but its bad i dint feel still i wanted it to happen atleast one more time so that i can feel it.Any how guys feel it every day and everytime it will not happen

  3. Rurousha, good motto that - be prepared, but don't fret.

  4. Rahul, you want it to happen just so you can feel it? Oh no! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I did not feel anything. Luckily there was no tsunami this time. SInce the 5 Yellow star is in the South East this year, I guess we may see more of such natural disasters in the South East Asia region in the coming months. But I think the 5 Yellow is not very strong this year, so it would not be devastating. Hopefully.

  6. Already, Klang suffers from the floods, as predicted in the Bazi Chart for 2012. 2013 will hopefully be a better year.