An earthquake measuring 8.5 on the Richter scale occurred on Wednesday off the coast of Indonesia, announced the threat of a tsunami around the Indian Ocean region
Initially reported magnitude of 8.9, but a few minutes later reduced to 8.5.
On the western coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, a total of 14 earthquakes, including three new in the last 30 minutes, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
According to Indonesian seismologists, the magnitude of the most powerful of them was 8.9 (according to American seismologists — 8.6). Its epicenter was at a depth of 9 km.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the quake epicenter was located 495 km to the south-west of Banda Aceh — the capital of Aceh province. The epicenter was at a depth of 23 kilometers, "Interfax-Ukraine".
Due to a series of powerful earthquakes off Indonesia, tsunami warning announced in 28 countries. We are talking about Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, Maldives, Malaysia, Mauritius, Seychelles, Pakistan, Oman, Madagascar, Iran, UAE, Yemen, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Singapore and some other countries.
The water level in the sea near the city of Banda Aceh on the coast of Sumatra up almost a meter, reported Geophysical Agency of Indonesia.
For its part, located in Hawaii, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that a tsunami could hit the hardest in the northern part of the island of Sumatra, where is the Banda Aceh.
American Center does not expect any significant damage from the waves in other parts of the eastern Indian Ocean.
No casualties or damage as a result of the earthquakes in Sumatra information yet.
However, according to seismologists, the series of earthquakes unlikely to trigger a strong tsunami as tremors were horizontal in nature, rather than vertical, and did not lead to subsidence of the seabed, which could cause big waves.
Indonesian Agency for Disaster Mitigation has sent a rescue team to the province of Aceh. Knocked out electricity in the province, and local residents in fear of leaving their homes and offices and seek salvation in an elevated location.
"The earthquake was felt very strongly. Electricity does not work, there are traffic jams, which prevent access to higher places. Sirens are heard and recited the Quran from all the mosques," — said Sutopo, representative of the agency to mitigate disasters in Indonesia.
Earthquake felt also in Bangkok, Thailand, and the Thai island of Phuket. Hundreds of office workers in Bangalore, India left the building. Also left the house people in the capital Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Thailand urged residents to evacuate six coastal provinces in the mountains. Temporarily closed the international airport on the popular Thai island of Phuket.
At the same time, the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics reported a difference of a few minutes the two aftershock earthquakes of 8.1 and 8.3 on the Richter scale.
Pacific Centre for tsunami warning again reported the threat of tsunamis in the Indian Ocean.Estimated Indonesian meteorologists, the water level in the sea in the western and northern parts of the province of Aceh (Sumatra) rose to 0.8 meters
A series of earthquakes, which occurred on Wednesday off the west coast of Sumatra caused the deaths of five people in different parts of the province of Aceh in Indonesia, said on Thursday the Xinhua news agency quoting a representative rescue Vahyudi (Wahyudi).
Earlier it was reported that on located at the north-western coast of Sumatra in the archipelago of Simeulue earthquake hit four people in Aceh Besar, Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh bridge collapsed.
Five people were killed, including one in the (city) of Banda Aceh, the three of them in Aceh Besar district and one in the (city) Lhoksemave — said Vahyudi.
In the capital of Aceh, Banda Aceh, he said, the tremors damaged wall of the city jail, but escaped from prison on prisoners of information was available.
According Vahyudi from floods in most affected three Indonesian provinces — Aceh, West and North Sumatra, the residents of some areas of these provinces in need of emergency assistance. For distribution of power in Indonesia has produced five warships.
The strongest earthquake recorded on Wednesday afternoon west of Sumatra, had a magnitude 8.5 on the Indonesian seismologists use the Richter scale. American seismologists use open scale, assessed the magnitude of the shock, the epicenter of which was located at 495 kilometers southwest of Banda Aceh, in 8.7.
Immediately after the earthquake, it was announced a tsunami warning, which was reopened after a series of aftershocks, the strongest of which occurred at 17.43 Western Indonesia Time (14.43 MSK) and had a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale.
However, according to experts, the current shocks are fundamentally different from occurred off the coast of Sumatra in December 2004, when the most powerful on the planet over the preceding 40 years, an earthquake killed hundreds of thousands of people in 12 countries in the Indian Ocean.
On the western coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra in the Indian Ocean from Wednesday to Thursday for 11 hours, starting from the first strong push, a total of 29 earthquakes, including two in the last hour, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
According to Indonesian seismologists, the magnitude of the most powerful of them was 8.9 (according to American seismologists — 8.6). The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter was in its 495 km south-west of Banda Aceh — the capital of Aceh province — at a depth of 23 km.
The magnitude of the earthquake was more than 5.0.
Scientists predict earthquakes BNPB 8,9 SR in West Sumatra (March 14)Potential earthquakes is growing because of the energy in the Indo-Australian Plate.
According to the results of geological research potential power of the earthquake is estimated at 8.9 byllov SR. The effect is thought to destabilize the city of Padang in 10 minutes. If this really happens, earthquakes and tsunamis threaten the population lives in the region where 1.6 million.
Earthquake could potentially arise in relation to the conservation of energy of the Indo-Australian Plate, which has not yet been released. "The government should immediately provide education and training for its citizens".
Earthquake could endanger one million people in Padang, Pariaman, Painan and other areas in West Sumatra and Bengkulu, especially along the west coast.Source:nasional.vivanews.com
Along the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, there was another earthquake, the agency reported an emergency.
According to seismologists, its magnitude was 6.5.
The tsunami caused by a magnitude 8.7 earthquake, which occurred on Wednesday off the coast of Indonesia, would be non-destructive, wave height does not exceed 20 inches, Reuters news agency reports with reference to the duty officer of the Pacific Warning Center tsunami threat U.S. Sardinia Victor (Victor Sardina)."It does not look like a massive tsunami," — said the Sardine, adding that according to the meter, wave height of about 17 centimeters, according to RIA Novosti.
The earthquake had no effect on the Indian Ocean
MOSCOW, April 11 — RIA Novosti. A series of earthquakes, which occurred on Wednesday off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, had no consequences for the inhabitants of the Indian Ocean.
After the earthquake — the magnitude of the strongest of which was 8.6 — in the whole Indian Ocean region was declared a threat of a tsunami. Despite the fact that the statement of the Pacific Warning Centre of the threat of tsunami (PTWC) was made only on the basis of data on the magnitude of the earthquake, a number of countries, such as India and Thailand, the population started to evacuate the hills.
Later it became clear that these measures were purely preventive. Thus, the wave height in some areas was less than a meter, and later the threat of a tsunami in the Indian Ocean and was abolished altogether.
Yet until now, no data on the destruction or victims of the earthquake in Sumatra have been reported.
Neither the victim nor the devastation has not been fixed
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On Wednesday off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a series of earthquakes, the magnitude of the strongest of which was 8.6. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was located 495 kilometers southwest of the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh (Sumatra), the focus lies at a depth of 33 kilometers.
After the first tremors throughout the Indian Ocean region was declared a threat of a tsunami. In the message the Pacific warning center the tsunami threat was noted that experts have reliable data about whether the tsunami was formed, but a warning issued solely on the basis of data on the magnitude of the earthquake.
Later, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has assured that the country is not threatened by the tsunami, but the government continues to be alert.
Weak pushes off the coast of Sumatra registered so far, but at this time no reports of casualties or major damage to the Indonesian province of Aceh, closest to the epicenter of the tremors have been reported. The most serious allegations of destruction at that time came from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh, where the collapsed 60-meter outer fence of the local jail. However, prisoners did not even put out of the building. "This is just a fence outside. Nobody was hurt," — said the Internet news portal Detik.com Head prison province Jauhar Fardeen (Jauhar Fardin).
Before darkness of Aceh also reported disruptions to energy supply in some parts of the province, but for now the bad news, and these are limited.
Meanwhile, the provincial police have appealed to the people, in a panic ran into the street and taken refuge in the hills and uplands, urging them to go home.
In the Indian Ocean tsunami waited in vain
Despite assurances by the Indonesian leader and Information PTWC, that a possible tsunami would not be destructive, a number of countries, including India, Thailand, Kenya and Tanzania, nevertheless issued a warning about a possible threat.
So, almost immediately after the earthquake, the Indian authorities have announced an urgent warning about the threat of a tsunami on the east coast of the country, and in some parts of India fishermen were ordered to return home. In addition, India has decided to evacuate thousands of people from the island union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Declared the tsunami threat and African countries such as Kenya and Tanzania. Thus, the threat of a tsunami in Kenya decided to close schools in the coastal areas of the country, as well as temporarily stop people visiting beaches.
Thai authorities, in turn, began to evacuate citizens on the east coast and in the southern provinces of Phuket and Phang Nga. "People who live on the coast of the Andaman Sea, to take refuge on high ground and stay there as long as possible," — according to the National Center for action in emergency situations.
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Initially, the media reported that the height of the tsunami, which may fall on Wednesday on the east coast of Thailand, expected to be about four meters, but in the end the height of the tsunami reached the east coast of Thailand, was only 10 centimeters.
Russia closer to the coast tsunami experts do not expect and do not expect. According to RIA Novosti on Wednesday, a representative of Ministry of Emergency Situations, "lag wave to Russian territory is not expected."
Meanwhile, in the Indonesian province of Aceh, most were recorded wave height does not exceed one meter.
According to experts, the current shocks are fundamentally different from occurred off the coast of Sumatra in December 2004, they were directed horizontally, causing a much weaker shaking water. Accordingly, it was much weaker and tsunami.
"Heights wave of 80 centimeters in the area of Molabo, 60 centimeters in (the most western point of Indonesia) Sabang Island and 36 centimeters in the city Sibolga" — told RIA Novosti in the National Department of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (NUMKG) of Indonesia.
PTWC later canceled a tsunami threat, as stated in the application center, the cancellation of a tsunami threat for all the States of the Indian Ocean.
So one of the witnesses told the news agency "Reuters" that the island of Simeulue, located at the north-western coast of Sumatra, the ocean water in a very short period of time has receded by 10 meters.