Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Magnitude 8.7 quake rocks Indonesia

A magnitude 8.7 earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia on Wednesday. Tsunami warning was issued for the whole Indian Ocean.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck 308 miles (500 km) s\outhwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, at a depth of 20.5 miles (33 km).

The quake was also felt in Bangkok in Thailang and in southern India. Office workers in Bangalore reportedly left their buildings because of the rattle.

In December 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.1 quake also struck the same area, leaving 170,000 people dead, mostly from the huge tsunami waves crashing into Sumatra.

No tsunami threat was issued to the Philippines, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)

"Phivolcs Tsunami alert Level is 0. This is for information purposes only and there is no tsunami threat to the Philippines from this earthquake," Phivolcs said in a bulletin post.

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