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8.9 Quake Hits Indonesia, Tsunami Warning Issued

Indonesia’s Geophysical Agency has registered an 8.9 magnitude earthquake in the Aceh region, off the coast of northern Sumatra. A tsunami warning has been issued, the US Geological Survey reports.

Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency is sending a rescue team to Aceh, after the quake knocked out the province’s electricity and sent locals scrambling for higher ground, Reuters reports.

Waves from a possible tsunami could reach the provincial capital Banda Aceh shortly, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
“Earthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Indian Ocean basin,”

the Warning Center said, as quoted by Al Arabiya.

The Centre is closely monitoring the situation. At this time, Indonesia’s Geophysical Agency has not received reports of damage or rise in water levels in Aceh.

Banda Aceh is the closest city to the quake’s epicenter, which lies 33 km beneath the ocean floor. With a population of over 220,000, it’s located some 500 kilometers away.

Tremors from the earthquake have been felt in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and southern India. Witnesses said on Twitter that high-rise apartments and offices on Malaysia’s west coast shook for at least a minute. India’s port of Chennai shut after the quake, a local official told Reuters.

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

In December 2004, a giant 9.1 quake triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, nearly three quarters of them in Aceh.


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  • ashley

    well all i have to say about indonesia is these people just need to stop worshiping other gods and as for california as many fags that live there they better learn how to swim cause they got it coming to them too

    • david

      ….so the earthquake is god’s punishment for their choice of religion? And California is getting an earthquake that will discriminately only kill ‘fags”? Is that your level of reasoning? My god, you poor retarded man. Please die today.

      • ashley

        oh ok DAVID :roll: so you know that god’s judgement is true so why do you dissagree? and no the ones that will die are the ones that dont have faith in god im not perfect and who is?all i know is what the bible says and DAVID you are in the bible so you should would know AAAAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!!! 😀

      • ashley

        oh yeah one more thing DAVID you said im a man well im prolly the most sexiest man you have ever seen ok come on now my name is ASHLEY does that sound like a mans name well i guess if your a fagg it does LOL!!!!!

    • Jorge

      Way to think backwards and inside the box ashley, you fit perfectly with the negative stereotype we Americans have abroad and have to apologize for when we travel, just because you can read or write does not make you smart please keep your ignorant comments to yourself.

  • ashley

    and what do yall want me to say im sorry LMAO!!! i guess i offended yall stupin mother fuckers yall must be faggs to have been offended im soooooo very sorry LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀

  • Lance

    Ashley you say you follow the bible then why aren’t you applying it?! if everyone just stopped attacking each other. We could all get along much better! Natural disaster happen the way nature intended them to happen, naturally! It’s horrible yes but it’s the price we pay to live on this beautiful planet of ours! Lets help make it a better place starting with yourself. Stop cutting people down for their beliefs, it only ends in wars anyways and I don’t think God ever intended we kill each other in his name!

    • ashley

      I AGREE but God does use natural disasters for judgement look in revelations and what about the book of moses god used plagues to pour out his judgement on egypt god is just and some people just burn me up and i also said im not perfect and no one is the wage of sin is death and all belivers know this but as far as the striffing yup its not right to fight

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