World on tsunami watch

2012-04-11 11:29

Jakarta - Indonesia issued a tsunami warning on Wednesday after an 8.7 magnitude earthquake hit waters off westernmost Aceh province.

People on Twitter said tremors were felt in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and India. High-rise flats and offices on Malaysia's west coast shook for at least a minute.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said a 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.

A tsunami watch means there is the potential for a tsunami, not that one is imminent.

The US Geological Survey said the powerful quake was centred 33km beneath the ocean floor around 495km from Aceh's provincial capital.

Said, an official at Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency who goes by only one name, said a tsunami warning has been issued.

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

A giant 9.1-magnitude quake off the country on December 26 2004 triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230 000 people, nearly three quarter of them in Aceh.

  • beautifano1 - 2012-04-11 11:43

    is this even true?

      billidp - 2012-04-11 11:51

      VERY true! Check other news sources

      thea.sonnekus - 2012-04-11 11:51

      Yes it is, I live on Koh Samui in Thailand and all the people on the Andaman coast are ordered on tsunami alert. It is now joke....I promise you...

  • Barefoot - 2012-04-11 11:46

    \Said, an official at Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics\r\nAgency who goes by only one name, said a tsunami warning has been\r\nissued.\ - and the name is?

      leigh.ridgway - 2012-04-11 11:55

      His name is 'Said' :)

      RipTorn - 2012-04-11 11:55

      Um.... Said....

      Johan - 2012-04-11 11:55 SA-EED...

      lydonmcg - 2012-04-11 11:56

      Their name appears to be "Said."

      Barefoot - 2012-04-11 12:03

      thank you for clearing that people damn what a blonde moment, or should i just say moment?- before 'm accused of being insensitive to blondes?

      anthro45 - 2012-04-11 14:08

      Enough said.

      Thabang - 2012-04-11 16:34

      @anthro45, Enough said by Said.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-11 11:54

    We will just have to pray that it doesn't happen

  • MastersVoice - 2012-04-11 12:00

    So Said goes by only one name!

      Philemon - 2012-04-11 15:36

      You are an idiot! Are you on ADHD medication or attending a school in the Eastern Cape? In stead of stating the obvious you should rather stick to remarks on the topic at hand. Clown!!

      Stoffel - 2012-04-12 09:31

      Good one :-)

  • Gizmoloid - 2012-04-11 12:09

    Wonder why Mauritius, Rodrigues, Reunion or Madagascar wasn't mentioned? Surely these islands would be in the wake of the Tsunami, if South Africa received a warning???

      evachristiane - 2012-04-11 12:21

      we received one...

      Marion - 2012-04-11 14:29

      Something like 28 countries on the Indian Ocean were given tsunami warnings.

  • Natalie - 2012-04-11 12:11

    Boyfriends on Holiday in Thailand. Worried sick.

      angel.moonsamy - 2012-04-11 12:18

      Dont worry He would be fine : PS : Why aren't you with him ?

      thea.sonnekus - 2012-04-11 12:46

      Don't worry...everything is under control over here...I live in Thailand

      Thabang - 2012-04-11 16:38

      Boyfriends? How many do you have?

      Philemon - 2012-04-11 16:44

      @Angel; Those "Thai women" who have adam's apples?

      Sechaba - 2012-04-11 21:38

      You should be with them, shame.

  • shando.kandaba - 2012-04-11 12:11

    2012 -True /False?

      Tony Lapson - 2012-04-11 12:16


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      Zyklon85 - 2012-04-11 13:32

      myans ran out of rock... if the myans were SOOO clever, where are they today? lmfao, and dont tell me mexicans cause then i will even LMFAO MORE

      Marion - 2012-04-11 14:31

      Zyklon85 - It is believed that the Mayans were decimated by a horrific drought.

      betsy.compaan - 2012-04-12 07:52

      Actually those Mayan tribes that weren't killed went missing at the turn of the one knows where they went

  • lwethu.maqetuka - 2012-04-11 12:25

    wasnt there something said about the world coming to an end in 2012?

  • lwethu.maqetuka - 2012-04-11 12:26

    wasnt there something said about the world coming to an end in 2012?

      Angelique - 2012-04-11 14:38

      Yes maybe, but not with water again!!

  • angel.moonsamy - 2012-04-11 12:27

    i would like to sponsor a ticket for "Juju " First class to Indonesia

  • carmen.barnes3 - 2012-04-11 12:28

    i pray this does not happen

  • angel.moonsamy - 2012-04-11 13:52

    I believe the wave height was 80 cm ?????

      Marion - 2012-04-11 14:31

      I heard 7 inches.

  • Ashliegh - 2012-04-11 14:15

    Help us lord Tsunami wont be in our contry

  • Ashliegh - 2012-04-11 14:16

    let Tsunami take Mugabe with

  • Jennifer - 2012-04-11 14:55

    Does anyone know if it will hit Mozambique? My parents are on holiday there..

      Marion - 2012-04-11 15:13

      Doesn't look as though a big tsunami has materialized. Go to this link and see what they say. Also gives times for when a tsunami would hit each of the affected countries.

  • Jennifer - 2012-04-11 14:55

    Does anyone know if it will hit Mozambique? My parents are on holiday there..

      ziyaad.dharsey - 2012-04-11 15:32

      if it does actually hit, then yes it would Jennifer, but the warnings in SA have been cancelled so i think you dont have anything to worry about.

  • mpburger - 2012-04-11 18:20

    I can't believe how many people make jokes about a serious matter!

  • leonao - 2012-04-11 19:18

    My son is working in Indonesia, please Lord, look after him!

  • Tanj√© - 2012-04-11 19:46

    Any update? What about the afther shock?

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