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8.7 magnitude earthquake off Indonesian coast triggers tsunami warnings as far as SA
Posted by on Apr 11th, 2012

A massive earthquake has struck off the coast of Indonesia and a tsunami warning has been issued for the entire Indian Ocean even as far afield as South Africa.

The 8,7 magnitude earthquake struck earlier off the coast of Indonesia’s west coast in the same region where a tsunami in 2004 killed more than 170 000 people.

The earthquake has caused widespread panic all over Indonesia.

“JAKARTA—A massive earthquake hit off Indonesia’s westernmost province of Aceh on Wednesday, triggering a tsunami warning in the same region where a 2004 tsunami killed more than 200,000.

The 8.6-magnitude earthquake was felt as far away as Thailand, Malaysia and India. Indonesian authorities issued a tsunami warning for cities along the coast of the island of Sumatra. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami watch was in effect from Indonesia all the way through to India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Somalia, Oman, Iran, Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore.’ [WSJ]

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued the following release.

For the full warning click HERE.

They even give approximate tsunami arrival times for the South African coastal areas including Cape Town.

UPDATE: tsunami warnings have been lifted in Africa. [SOURCE]

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