Thursday, September 13, 2007

two massive earthquakes

There have been a chain of massive earthquakes just off the coast of western Sumatra for the past day or two. It even trigged a tsunami and warnings were issued all around the Indian Ocean. But it was later lifted.

Right now, I'm trying to determine if there is enough damage to warrant a visit to the damaged region.

  • Two earthquakes in same area, south-east of Padang, Sumatra
  • First earthquake at 1810 (1110 UTC) on Wednesday, magnitude 8.4
  • Second earthquake at 0649 on Thursday (2349 UTC on Wednesday), magnitude 7.8

From the BBC

Relief teams are assessing the damage on Indonesia's island of Sumatra which was hit by two massive earthquakes.

At least nine people are known to have been killed and some 40 injured in the undersea tremors and a series of aftershocks on Wednesday and Thursday.

Tsunami warnings were repeatedly issued and lifted, as many people ran inland fearing a repeat of the 2004 tsunami.

Many buildings collapsed and there were power cuts, but destruction was not as bad as initially feared, officials say.

Wednesday's magnitude-8.4 earthquake - the world's strongest so far this year - struck at 1810 (1110 GMT), about 30km (18 miles) under the sea, 130km (80 miles) south-west of the city of Bengkulu, the US Geological Survey said.

Later, a 7.8-magnitude quake struck about 185km (115 miles) south-east of the city of Padang.

Earthquakes viewed on Google Earth with USGS add-on.

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