India felt the Indonesia quake
A tsunami alert was issued and people throughout the region are on the lookout. Ships off shore may be the first to report signs of trouble.
“Huge quake hits Indonesia; tremors in India
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 15:12
Jakarta: A massive earthquake hit the westernmost Aceh province in Indonesia’s Sumatra Islands on Wednesday forcing the authorities to issue a Tsunami alert.
According to reports, the magnitude of the earthquake was earlier reported to be 8.9 on the Richter Scale.
However, it was later revised to 8.7 on the Richter Scale by the US-based USGS.
The US Geological Survey said that the quake was centred 33 kilometres beneath the ocean floor around 495 kilometres from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh.
Following the massive earthquake, a tsunami warning has been issued in as many as 28 countries.
However, there are no reports of any major casualty or any large scale destruction of the property in Indonesia.
The tremors of the high intensity quake were also felt in northeastern and other region of the India including West Bengal, Bihar, Assam and Manipur.
The Indian government has also issued Tsunami warning for Nicobar Islands following massive earthquake off Sumatra coast. Consequently, the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman Islands have been put on alert following Sumatra quake.
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 the country on December 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, nearly three quarter of them in Aceh.”
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