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Earth Quake Today, Indonesia Earthquake, Tsunami Warning

April 11, 2012 by staff 

Earth Quake Today, Indonesia Earthquake, Tsunami Warning, Indonesia has issued a tsunami warning after a massive earthquake hit waters off its coast today during a visit there by Prime Minister David Cameron.

The quake, with an 8.7 magnitude, hit waters off Aceh – the same westernmost province that was devastated in 2004 Boxing Day disaster. It was followed by a similar strength aftershock four hours later.

The first quake, which was centred 20 miles beneath the ocean floor around 308 miles from the provincial capital of Banda Aceh, was later thought unlikely to have triggered a fatal wave.

But, worryingly, the aftershock was measured at 8.2 magnitude with an epicentre just a few hundred miles from that of the first quake – and this could yet cause a devastating tsunami.

People in Banda Aceh screamed ‘God is great!’ as they jumped into cars and the backs of motorcycles, clogging streets as they fled to high ground. Buildings shook for four minutes.

There are fears of a repeat of the 9.1-magnitude quake seven years go that triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people. Nearly three quarters lived in Aceh, which is on the Sumatra island.

‘I was in the shower on the fifth floor of my hotel,’ witness Timbang Pangaribuan today told El Shinta radio from the city of Medan.

‘We all ran out. … We’re all standing outside now.’

He said one guest was injured when he jumped from the window of his room.

Mr Cameron is visiting the country’s capital, Jakarta, which is 1,600 miles south-east of the province and on a different island, Java. No tremors have been felt there and the city is unlikely to be hit.

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