Indonesia earthquake sparks tsunami panic

29 March 2005 | 13:47 Code : 4865 Geoscience events
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A major earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia last night, sending residents in several countries fleeing in panic in fear that it would cause the region’s second tsunami disaster within four months.
 A major earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia last night, sending residents in several countries fleeing in panic in fear that it would cause the region’s second tsunami disaster within four months.

But fears of another catastrophe eased within hours, as officials in countries closest to the quake’s epicentre said they had received no reports of waves striking their coasts three hours after the quake struck.

“It seems this earthquake did not trigger a tsunami,” said Prihar Yadi, a scientist with the Indonesia Geophysics Agency.

“If it had, the tsunami would have hit the coastline of Sumatra by now. And if there’s no tsunami on the coastline near the epicentre, there will not be one heading in the other direction.”

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake had a magnitude of 8.7 and was an aftershock of the 9.0-quake in December.

The latest quake’s epicentre was 250 km south-southeast of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province on Sumatra, and more than 10 kilometers under the seabed of the Indian Ocean, the USGS reported.

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