Massive Earthquake Strikes Off Indonesian Coast; Tsunami Watch Issued [UPDATED]
By on April 11th, 2012

A massive 8.9 magnitude Earthquake has just struck off the coast of North Sumatra, Indonesia about 400 km away from Banda Aceh. Banda Aceh is the same region which was devastated by the 26th December, 2004 Asian tsunami. A red alert has been sounded and a tsunami warning has also been issued.

UPDATE at 1720 on 11th April: There has been no reports of any tsunami that has been formed. The chances of a tsunami being generated are diminishing with time.

UPDATE: The strength of the earthquake has just been revised from 8.9 to 8.7.

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Though weaker than that horrific earthquake, which measured 9.6 on the Richter scale, this present one is also a very strong earthquake in its own right. The earthquake struck at 08:38 UTC with its epicenter being 33 km below the surface. The epicenter lies 431 km from Banda Aceh.

The depth of the Earthquake at various points. (Courtesy: US Geological Survey)

Countries under tsunami watch

The Tsunami watch has been issued for the coasts of Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, Maldives, United Kingdom, Malaysia, Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Madagascar, Iran, UAE, Yemen, Comores, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, Crozet Islands, Kerguelen Islands, South Africa and Singapore.

Follow this link for the tsunami watch info: http://ptwc.weather.gov/?region=3&id=indian.TSUIOX.2012.04.11.0845

    Predicted Arrival Time for Tsunami for Indian Coastline, if a Tsunami is generated:

GREAT NICOBAR 1507 IST 11 APR
LITTLE ANDAMAN 1546 IST 11 APR
PORT BLAIR 1602 IST 11 APR
NORTH ANDAMAN 1622 IST 11 APR
CHENNAI 1657 IST 11 APR
KAKINADA 1735 IST 11 APR
TRIVANDRUM 1938 IST 11 APR
MANGALORE 1906 IST 11 APR
BOMBAY 2138 IST 11 APR

We will keep you updated with the latest as we get them.

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