BOT nelayan di India kelihatan berlabuh di Laut Arab iaitu di pantai Pali, kampung Pali, Thane. Pantai Pali terletak berdekatan Mumbai, India. Dalam kejadian gempa bermagnitud 8.7 itu, amaran tsunami turut dikeluar sekitar Kepulauan Andaman dan Nicobar, India. - Foto EPA
Tsunami alert lifted
Sri Lanka turut tarik amaran tsunami
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka malam ini menarik balik amaran tsunami susulan gempa 8.6 magnitud yang melanda Aceh, di Indonesia sehingga mencetuskan kebimbangan di negara pesisir Lautan Hindi.
“Kepada penduduk, kembalilah semula ke kediaman seperti biasa," demikian kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Pusat Pengurusan Bencana Sri Lanka.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) menyatakan telah mendeteksi tsunami kecil dengan ketinggian satu meter di Lahewa, Nias Utara, Sumatera Utara, dan 1,02 meter di Meulaboh, Aceh.
"Hal tersebut diketahui dari pantauan terkini pasang surut dari Bakosurtanal yang dilaporkan kepada BNPB," kata Kepala Pusat Data dan Informasi BNPB, Sutopo P Nugroho, di Jakarta, Rabu malam.
Air Pantai di Simeulue Naik 6 Meter
Tri Wahono | Rabu, 11 April 2012 | 16:48 WIB
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Warga panik mengendarai sepeda motor setelah gempa bumi mengguncang Banda Aceh, rabu (11/4/2012).
JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com — Gempa berkekuatan 8,5 skala Richter yang menguncang Aceh, Rabu (11/4/2012) sore, menyebabkan gelombang ke bibir pantai.
Gelombang dilaporkan telah sampai ke pantai di Simeulue. Demikian disampaikan Prih Harjadi dari Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, dan Geofisika (BMKG), saat menginformasikan di salah satu stasiun televisi nasional.
"Tingginya air pantai barat Aceh sudah mencapai 6 meter dan kemungkinan ketika tsunami terjadi, akan terjadi di titik ini lebih dulu sampai ke sepanjang pantai barat Sumatera," ujarnya, menginformasikan.
Lebih lanjut, kemungkinan tsunami akan terhitung mundur hingga 10 sampai 20 menit lagi menyisir seluruh pantai barat Sumatera.
"Kemungkinan jadi seluruh pantai khususnya barat daya Sumut, pantai Sumatera Barat, Bengkulu, dan Lampung," ujar Prih.(Edwin Firdaus)
A tsunami warning has been issued in the Indian Ocean after Indonesia's geophysical agency reported a powerful earthquake off Aceh province.
Wednesday's quake was measured at a preliminary 8.9-magnitude.
The US Geological Survey said it struck on a depth of 33km, 495km from the coast.
A tsunami warning was issued across the whole Indian Ocean, including Australia, Pakistan, Somalia, Madagascar, and the United Kingdom and many other countries.
Journalist Syarina Hasibuan told Al Jazeera that people panicked across Sumatra, running out of buildings and gathering in the street
Malaysia rasai gegaran, Indonesia keluar amaran tsunami
JAKARTA: Indonesia mengeluarkan amaran tsunami sebentar tadi selepas gempa bumi bermagnitud 8.9 menggegarkan wilayah barat Aceh, Indonesia.
Komen yang dipaparkan menerusi Twitter, berkata gegaran turut dirasai di Malaysia, Singapura, Thailand dan India.
Pada 26 Disember 2004, gempa bumi kuat pada magnitud 9.1 yang disusuli tsunami memusnahkan sebahagian besar Aceh. - AP
|Indian Ocean tsunami alert lifted|
Indonesia, India and Thailand downgrade tsunami alert issued after 8.6-magnitude earthquake off the Sumatra coast.
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2012 14:56
|Indonesia, India and Thailand have downgraded tsunami alerts that had been issued following powerful earthquakes off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province, prompting evacuations from coastal regions.|
Wednesday's first quake was measured at a magnitude of 8.6, according to the US Geological Survey, which revised down an earlier 8.9 estimate.
"Sea level readings now indicate that the threat has diminished for most areas, therefore the tsunami watch issued by this centre is now cancelled," said the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii, which monitored currents in the Indian Ocean following the earthquakes.
A bulletin from the National Tsunami Early Warning Centre in the South Indian city of Hyderabad said: "The expected period of significant tsunami waves is now over for all threatened Indian coastal areas."
A few thousand people were evacuated to higher ground from parts of India's Andaman and Nicobar islands.
"There could be high waves of 1.5 metres at Port Blair and 3.9 metres at Campbell Bay," said Prabhakar Rao, the official in charge of the disaster control room at Port Blair, the main town on the islands.
Small waves about half-a-metre high and within normal tide limits had already washed into the Campbell Bay area on the Great Nicobar island, the official said.
At least three tsunamis of up to 80cm hit Indonesia's coast earlier, the country's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said.
A small tsunami measuring 10cm also reached Thailand's Andaman Coast.
Phillip Charlesworth, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies delegation in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, told Al Jazeera that the first quake lasted for about three minutes.
"The shaking was quite violent, from conversations with our staff," he said.
"There appears to be no apparent damage. We certainly don’t know what the humanitarian impact is as yet.
"There are no reports of any tsunamis coming ashore, although local authorities are taking precaution of evacuating coastal communities."
There were several strong aftershocks, including one at a 8.2 magnitude and the depth of 10km.
"The aftershock continued for four minutes, and it was strong," an AFP news agency correspondent in Banda Aceh, the provincial capital, said. "People are panicking and running outside their home and from buildings."
Al Jazeera's Aela Callan said the tremors were also felt in Bangkok, where buildings swayed, but there were no reports of damage.
The initial quake had struck at a depth of 33km, 495km from Banda Aceh.
Al Jazeera's Syarina Hasibuan, reporting from Jakarta, said people panicked across the island of Sumatra, running out of buildings and gathering in the streets.
"The earthquake was felt all the way to Padang, which is west Sumatra, and people ran out of buildings and there is really a lot of panic there," he said.
People on Twitter said tremors were felt in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and India. High-rise apartments and offices on Malaysia's west coast shook for at least a minute.
In Sri Lanka, residents on the coast were ordered to move inland to avoid being hit by any large waves.
A government statement said waves could hit the island's eastern port district of Trincomalee by about 10:40 GMT.
"There is a strong possibility of a tsunami hitting the island after the earthquake in Indonesia," meteorological department deputy director MD Dayananda said.
He said the quake in Indonesia was felt in Sri Lanka, which is 1,340km northwest from the location of the quake.
People near the coast in six Thai provinces were ordered to move to higher places and stay as far away as possible from the sea. The Phuket airport, located on the coastline, was closed.
Callan said phone lines were jammed as people were checking on their loved ones right after the tsunami alert was issued.
She said warning signals had been heard in southern provinces.
"Thailand is quite prepared for this. They hold drills regularly to be able to get tourists and residents to evacuate to higher areas," she said.
Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.
A 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.
Al Jazeera's meteorologist Kevin Corriveau explained the difference between Wednesday's earthquake and that of 2004: "They were the same depth but the 2004 quake was a subduction earthquake - meaning one plate went underneath the other plate - which then pushed a lot of the water up and out from the epicentre.
"This [in Aceh] is a horizontal plate. The difference is that the two plates are slipping side by side, and not as much water is going to be displaced.
"Now that we are processing the data we know that it is a different kind of plate slippage, which is a little less damaging hopefully than the previous one."
Al Jazeera and agencies