Wednesday, 11 January 2012

7.3 Quake Hits off Indonesia, Triggering Panic And Brief Tsunami Warning


10-degree map showing recent earthquakes
Gempa bumi kuat berukuran 7.1 pada skala Richter menggegarkan Aceh awal pagi Rabu, namun belum ada laporan mengenai kerosakan harta benda dan korban jiwa dalam peristiwa ini.  

Pihak berkuasa juga menarik balik amaran ancaman tsunami tidak beberapa lama selepas mengeluarkannya sejurus selepas kejadian.

Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, dan Geofisika (BMKG) mencatatkan bahawa gempa bumi di lautan yang berpusat di 419km Barat Daya Meulaboh, dengan kedalaman 10km itu, berlaku pada 1.36 pagi dan ia diikuti beberapa kejadian gempa susulan.

Menurut laporan media tempatan, gegaran kuat gempa bumi itu dirasai penduduk Banda Aceh dan sekitarnya, manakala penduduk di kawasan pesisir Aceh pula merasakan tiupan angin kencang.

Penduduk di pesisir pantai yang panik, dilaporkan lari meninggalkan kediaman masing-masing menuju kawasan yang lebih selamat.

Di pusat bandar Banda Aceh, penduduk banyak berkumpul di Jambatan Pantai Pirak dan Jambatan Simpang Surabaya untuk memantau pergerakan arus sungai Krueng Aceh kerana ia boleh memberi petanda jika berlaku tsunami.

Suasana kembali tenang apabila pihak berkuasa menarik balik amaran tsunami itu.



Powerful quake hits off western Indonesia

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful earthquake hit waters off western Indonesia early Wednesday, prompting officials to briefly issue a tsunami warning. Panicked residents poured into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.3-magnitude quake struck 260 miles (420 kilometers) off the coast of Aceh province just after midnight. It was centered 18 miles (30 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor.
People in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh — still deeply traumatized by the 2004 monster quake and tsunami — were rattled from their sleep. They fled their homes and waited outside as sirens blared from local mosques, some hopping in cars and motorcycles and heading for high ground.
"I'm afraid," said Fera, a resident, who skidded off on her motorbike with her two children and her mom.
In the town of Seumele, patients were evacuated from a a hospital.
Officials contacted by The Associated Press in several coastal cities, however, had not received any reports about serious injures or damage.
Nearly two hours after the quake struck, the local geological agency lifted it's tsunami warning.
Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
A giant quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Aceh.
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Associated Press writers Ali Kotarumalos and Niniek Karmini contributed to this report from Jakarta.

Indonesia quake triggers brief tsunami alert

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A powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province, prompting officials to issue a brief tsunami warning.
Residents ran into the streets after the 7.3 magnitude quake struck 423km (262 miles) south-west of Banda Aceh. No damage has been reported.
Officials lifted the tsunami alert two hours later.
A quake off Indonesia in 2004 triggered a tsunami killing 230,000 people around the Indian Ocean. Half were in Aceh.
The latest quake struck shortly after midnight on Wednesday local time (18:37GMT Tuesday) and had a depth of 29.1km (18.1 miles), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
The USGS put the earthquake's magnitude at 7.3. Indonesia's earthquake agency initially estimated the quake at 7.6 but later revised it down to 7.1.
In Banda Aceh, sirens blared from mosques and people fled their homes, waiting outside or in some cases heading for higher ground in cars or on motorcycles.
Witnesses said about 100 people gathered on a bridge in the city to see if the quake triggered any significant change in its height.
Patients at a hospital in the town of Seumele were evacuated as a precaution.
Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" - one of the most seismically active regions on earth.