Indonesia Earthquake Off Sumatra Measures 7.8: Triggers Tsunami Warning

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Indonesia Earthquake Off Sumatra – Tsunami Warning: A major quake hit the western coast of Indonesia as reported by the US Geological Survey (USGS). However, there have been no immediate damage reports. (watch: Bangladesh vs Pakistan – Asia Cup 2016.)



The institution said that the area was struck by the earthquake at about 19:49 local time (12:49 GMT). The epicenter was found out to be around 805 km south-west of Padang city. It is said to be about 24 km deep. In awe of such a magnitude of the quake, the government of Indonesia has released the warning of Tsunami. The regions of West and North Sumatra along with Aceh are especially being informed of the same.

Indonesia Earthquake – 2nd March 2016

Keeping security and safety in mind, the Australian government has also released the tsunami warning for the residents of Cocos Island and Christmas Island in the Pacific. To increase the safety and as a safety precaution, a tsunami watch was placed but later on uplifted.

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The Australian institution – Bureau of Meteorology was reported saying that evacuation was not required. People just need to move out of the water and water edge’s in order to ensure complete safety from the risk of dangerous waves and currents.

On the other hand, the authorities in India and Sri Lanka said that after their initial assessment, there is no threat of Tsunami in their regions.

The local people of Padang city told the TRT that they experienced two earthquakes in just a gap of about two minutes. The AFP reported that the quake was strong enough and felt for a few seconds. People came out of their homes and moved to higher grounds.

Indonesia Earthquake – 2nd March 2016

People started panicking and traffic was halted for some time. After few moments, everything became normal. However, the telephone lines were reported to go down in the Mentawai island chain which is closer to the epicenter.

In 2004, the deadliest tsunami was caused due to a very strong 8.9 magnitude earthquake in which around 200,000 people lost their lives. Thus, keeping the same in mind, the government of affected nations carried out a more affected tsunami monitoring system.

Stay tuned to get latest Indonesia Earthquake – 2nd March 2016 news and updates.

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