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12 September, 2007

Powerful Earthquake in Indonesia, Tsunami Alert Issued

A powerful earthquake has struck off the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, triggering a tsunami alert.

The tremor had a magnitude of 7.9, according to the Indonesian Meteorological Institute. It caused buildings in the capital, Jakarta, to sway, and some offices were evacuated, reports say. There are no reports of damage or casualties.

A massive undersea earthquake sparked a tsunami that killed more than 130,000 people in Indonesia in December 2004. Indonesia, part of the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire", is frequently shaken by earth tremors.

The latest quake struck at 1810 (1110 GMT), about 15km (nine miles) under the sea, some 100km (60 miles) south-west of the city of Bengkulu, the US Geological Survey said.

Source: BBC News

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Blogger Reto said :

You can get a good idea of the magnitude of this quake here:
http://earthquake.googlemashups.com/

The light red 'felt' zone speaks for itself, and the darker red 'damage zone' is alarmingly large.

12 September, 2007 12:57  
Blogger Jack_n_Jill said :

Hey...
This firefox addon will give you real time alert in earthquakes happening worldwide..

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/2239

12 September, 2007 14:33  

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