Tsunami risk seems low - seismologist

2012-04-11 13:15

Paris - The risk of a tsunami being generated by the giant earthquake off Sumatra on Wednesday is low, an expert with the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.

The earthquake's movement was horizontal, not vertical, and caused no apparent movement of the sea floor, which is what triggers tsunamis, seismologist Susanne Sargeant told AFP in Paris by phone.

"We've had two blocks rubbing together, it's called a strike-slip earthquake.

"That means there hasn't been any displacement of the sea floor. Although an earthquake of this magnitude has the potential to cause a large tsunami, the fact that we haven't seen any drop of the sea floor, which is what generates the wave, it looks like the possibility of a tsunami being generated is low."

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said an 8.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra at 14:38 (08:38 GMT) at a depth of 33km.

Tsunami alerts or evacuation orders were issued for parts of Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

  • Andre - 2012-04-11 13:33

    God (JHWH), the Creator, is in control and He has a plan with everything!

      James - 2012-04-11 13:39

      So what's the plan with killing 100 000 people? Or giving kids cancer?

      Janey - 2012-04-11 16:06

      @james, you are so very ignorant my friend.......if you knew or understood who God truly is you wouldn't be saying these things! God loves you dude!!!!

  • bradley.saffy - 2012-04-11 14:54

    Nothing your mind or anyone else’s mind will ever understand, know or even grasp James. God does not kill people, make earthquakes or give kids cancer... its the natural way of things. God is our Father! Creator! Do fathers kill their children? Not normal ones anyway!! Neither does he have us on a string like a puppet. We are put on this Earth with free will to live out our short insignificant lives. We were even given a book of instructions on how to best do that. How you live your life is up to you, but be assured that one day when you pass on, no man on earth will judge you, only God Himself can do that. Christ says it quite clearly at the Sermon on the Mount : Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ...

  • bradley.saffy - 2012-04-11 14:56

    4Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. 5Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 7Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 8Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 9Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. PS: Christian Catholic

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