Tsunami warning: No need for SA to panic

2012-04-11 15:29

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

This followed reports on Wednesday, that an 8.7-magnitude earthquake had hit off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, putting a number of Indian Ocean countries, including South Africa, on tsunami watch.

A tsunami watch meant that it was aware of the warning but that no immediate action was required, the weather service's Hannelee Doubell said.

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

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

  • deanmpeters - 2012-04-11 15:36

    All those who ran for the hills can turn around and come back home.

      Kala - 2012-04-11 15:47

      And all the surfer Dudes behind the break line can come back to shore.

      looneylani - 2012-04-11 15:50

      hahahah @Kala... brilliant!

  • thabane.dladla - 2012-04-11 15:36

    No Mr I'm worried 'period'

      NrGx - 2012-04-11 15:55

      dont worry, the government will "launch a probe to find where dus thees beeg waves come from"

  • thabane.dladla - 2012-04-11 15:36

    No Mr I'm worried 'period'

  • Melinda - 2012-04-11 15:37

    easy to say no panic but if you have family living in KZN how can you not panic or wonder?

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-04-11 15:48

      You can start by doing a quick look at google maps and discover how far we really are from the earthquake. After that you can ask yourself or the people you know in KZN to tell you if they remember if a tsunami hit our east coast in 2004. Once they confirm that there was no tsunami in 2004, you can then do a quick search on google to see if a tsunami has EVER hit KZN. After the search results return with nothing, you can then wipe the sweat off your face, take a moment to breath, and then get back to work pretending nothing happened

      Kala - 2012-04-11 15:49

      I live in KZN and the last Tsunami waves caused by an earth quake were barely larger than the regular ones. We probably has larger waves during Irene. We aren't scared of Tsunamis... We surf em!

      dewaldvn - 2012-04-11 16:36

      @eugene.meyer1980 we don't know what an earthquake of e.g. 9 will do because we have never had one in the prime location in the pacific rim to impact on SA. BUT this does not mean it is not possible. We see more and more of these high impact low probability events around the world. Don't be too hasty in eliminating the probability of a tsunami affecting us. But yes, stats are currently in our favour.

  • Du Mabaso - 2012-04-11 15:38

    God is on our side in ZA

      PhilosopherStoned - 2012-04-11 16:12

      I hope not! God is the one that creates Tsunami's. He also drowned the whole world once. He likes to play with water.

      Forceptor - 2012-04-11 16:21

      @PhilosopherStoned And here I thought it was the tectonic plates....

  • Ish - 2012-04-11 15:40

    This country is SAFE - Zuma

      Naz - 2012-04-11 15:46

      Lol, yeah, criminals are not surfing the waves to SA

      NrGx - 2012-04-11 15:54

      LOL, priceless!

      lydonmcg - 2012-04-11 15:57

      My last mugging on Durban beachfront would prove otherwise :P

  • Fixzoza - 2012-04-11 15:45

    We thank God!!!

      PhilosopherStoned - 2012-04-11 16:13

      For what? For creating Tsunami's? Or for not drowning everyone this time round? Issh.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-11 15:49

    Funny, this English language. " No need for S.A. to panic" If we were in fact in danger, would there have been a need to panic? Would the headlines have been : "Urgent need for S.A. to panic" ?

      Kala - 2012-04-11 15:57

      Lol maserati Tsunami headed for SA shores - South Africans urged to panic.

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-11 15:49

    Looks like there is no need for anyone to "panic" ...

  • - 2012-04-11 15:57

    Wow?interesting news we mite nt need to panic but do keep the conditions underwrap

  • melvinem - 2012-04-11 15:58

    We are surrounded by huge mountains theres noways this thing can hit us it will dissipate along the way_->S.Africa-->

  • keenantamara - 2012-04-11 16:21

    Um.....Hopefully the criminials get surfed under along with all the other crap in this country!! And as for you God comment, its just his way of getting people like you out!!

  • xolani.mendela - 2012-04-11 16:34

    Tjoo!Hayi mandehle kulentaba besendikhwele kuyo!!!

  • lathithanande.m - 2012-04-11 16:43

    Wow sisentweni!!

  • Lezanne - 2012-04-11 17:16

    It's time to wake up! God will never forsake those who love HIM and Believe in HIM. God saved Noah and his family. I don't care what happens on this earth. I do hope for your sake that you will be on God's boat, that will be all that can save you!

  • Lourens - 2012-04-11 17:32

    I hope I hits surfs up dudes!!!!!!!

  • John - 2012-04-11 18:38

    we have nothing to worry about im sure our goverment will notify us when we neck deep in the water

  • ambombo - 2012-04-12 00:16

    I like the statement from President Zuma he is in GP and he say KZN is safe how comforting.

  • marshall.dominicue - 2012-12-16 12:00

    A lot of people are panicking....a lot of thoughts cross will we know....when the tsunami is on its way? What is the possibility that South-Africa might get hit by the tsunami?

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