Wednesday, April 11, 2012

(UPDATE: Second major quake rocks area) - 8.7-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia, triggering tsunami watch

This is the 3rd powerful earthquake to strike the Indonesia and Japan area recently... This area is going to be wiped out soon with a super earthquake...

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – Two massive earthquakes triggered back-to-back tsunami warnings for Indonesia on Wednesday, sending panicked residents fleeing to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles. No deadly waves or serious damage resulted, and a watch for much of the Indian Ocean was lifted after a few hours.

Women and children cried in Aceh, where memories are still raw of a 2004 tsunami that killed 170,000 people in the province alone. Others screamed "God is great" as they poured from their homes or searched frantically for separated family members.

Patients were wheeled out of hospitals, some still lying in their beds with drips attached to their arms. And at least one hotel guest was slightly injured when he jumped out of his window.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the first 8.6-magnitude quake was a shallow 14 miles, hitting in the sea 270 miles (435 kilometers) from Aceh's provincial capital.

An alert that followed from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii advised countries all along the rim of the Indian Ocean, from Australia and India to as far off as Africa, that a seismically charged wave could head their way.

Two deadly tsunamis in the last decade -- the most recent off Japan just one year ago -- have left the world much better prepared.

Sirens sounded along coastlines and warnings spread like wildfire by mobile phone text messaging. Though often chaotic, evacuations began immediately with streets clogged with traffic, especially in Aceh.

The only wave to hit, though, was less than 30 inches high, rolling to Indonesia's emptied coastline.

Just as the region was sighing relief, an 8.2-magnitude aftershock followed.

"We just issued another tsunami warning," Prih Harjadi, from Indonesia's geophysics agency, told TVOne in a live interview.

He told his countrymen to stay clear of western coasts.

Residents in Aceh could hardly believe it.

"What did we do to deserve this?" cried Aisyah Husaini, 47, who lost both her parents and a son in the 2004 tsunami. "What sins have we committed?"

"I'm so scared, I don't want to lose my family again," she said, clinging to her two children in a mosque in Banda Aceh, where hundreds of people sheltered.

Again, though, the threat quickly passed.

Experts said Wednesday's quakes did not have the potential to create massive tsunamis because the friction and shaking occurred horizontally, not vertically. The earth's tectonic plates slid against each other, creating more of a vibration in the water.

In contrast, mega-thrust quakes cause the seabed to rise or drop vertically, displacing massive amounts of water and sending towering waves racing across the ocean at jetliner speeds.

Roger Musson, seismologist at the British geological survey who has studied Sumatra's fault lines, said initially he'd been "fearing the worst."

"But as soon as I discovered what type of earthquake it was ... I felt a lot better."

The tremors were felt in neighboring Malaysia, where high-rise buildings shook, and Thailand, India and Bangladesh.

Those countries, Sri Lanka and the Maldives evacuated buildings and beaches and readied relief efforts in case of disaster.

The World Meteorological Organization said communication systems set up after the 2004 tsunami appeared to have worked well.

"Our records indicate that all the national meteorological services in the countries at risk by this tsunami have received the warnings in under five minutes," said Maryam Golnaraghi, the head of WMO's disaster risk reduction program.

The alert was sent out by U.S. National Weather Service, which operates a tsunami warning station in Hawaii, she said.

Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.

The giant 9.1-magnitude quake and tsunami on Dec. 26, 2004, killed 230,000 people in about a dozen nations.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

At the rate that western Mexico was shaking in the last few weeks....which means moving.....our west coast is really the next one to crack......

Anonymous said...

It's now twins.....8.2 same place

Anonymous said...

Let's pray for a giant tidal wave to drown Florida during the midst of its looting & rioting.

Anonymous said...

largest muslim population in the world .. God will prevail

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

God is Great or was it Alahu Akbar? fuck those assholes

Rahul said...

It is very unfortunate that our scientists and scientific systems/observatories are either not fully fucntional or not in order to understand this earthquake events and we have to depend on US and other advanced countries inspite of sepending lot of public money . Regret .

Rahul said...

It is very unfortunate that our scientists and scientific systems/observatories are either not fully fucntional or not in order to understand this earthquake events and we have to depend on US and other advanced countries inspite of sepending lot of public money . Regret .

Anonymous said...

people i do beleive we are in the final days, Christ stated this when He said earth quakes in diverse places before he returned, BELEIVE IT,,,

Mark12A said...

5:24AM--West coast being gone? You sound like that's a bad thing.

9:27AM--Again...maybe they'll figure out that Allah hates them, too.

9:32AM--I'll even say Allah Akbar if a tsunami wipes out a million or two of them. Of course, we'll end up sending foreign aid. If I was in charge, we'd send a million pounds of pork chops.

Anonymous said...

"God is Great" is the literal translation of 'Allahu Akbar'....



so what do you think the news media is covering up???

Anonymous said...

The only REAL effect these earthquakes and tsunamis will have is making people wait a bit longer to get certain colors of vehicles when shopping for new cars. Various pigments, oftentimes in limited supply or production to begin with, originate in these countries.

I can live without getting a new red or blue car for a few additional months if it means 1-2 million Muslims drown or are crushed to death as a result of Mother Nature getting a wild hair up her ass. Fuck them savage bastards and their Qurans.

Aldo Raine

Anonymous said...

I remember when the "Burger Queen" felt the 'Earth Shakin' and the desk crew asked her if she was done takin a shit.

Anonymous said...

good fuck em always talking shit about the U.S. fucking terrorist fuck hope it wipes the country off the fucking globe

Anonymous said...

HARP IN ACTION!!

Anonymous said...

Pork rinds and hot sauce for everyone!

I Voted For Obama said...

I hope Obama's boyhood home in Indonesia is OK.