South Africa on Tsunami watch

By Drum Digital
11 April 2012

According to the Council for Geoscience South Africa was under tsunami watch but there was no need to panic, the SA Weather Service said on Wednesday.

A tsunami watch meant that it was aware of the warning but that no immediate action was required, SA Weather Service official Hannelee Doubell said.

According to reports on Wednesday, an 8.7 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, putting a number of Indian Ocean countries on tsunami watch.

The tsunami watch was in effect for Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Maldives and other Indian Ocean islands, Malaysia, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Iran, Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore.

Doubell said the more the distance the waves had to travel the smaller they became.

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