AN EARTHQUAKE WITH A MAGNITUDE OF 8.6 HAS STRUCK UNDER THE SEA OFF INDONESIA'S NORTHERN SUMATRA.
Indonesia issues tsunami warning after 8.7 earthquake Jakarta: Indonesia issued a tsunami warning Wednesday after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.7 hit waters off westernmost Aceh…
A tsunami watch is in place across the Indian Ocean region. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has advised authorities to "take appropriate action".
The tremor was strongly felt in Bangkok. The Thai Department of Disaster Mitigation and Management has advised people along the west coast of Andaman province (Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Ranong, Trang) should heed warnings and evacuate.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) monitors earthquakes worldwide. The quake struck of Wednesday 11 April 2012 at 08:38:38 UTC, 33km (20 miles) under the sea about 495km from Banda Aceh, the provincial capital of Sumatra. It was initially reported as 8.9 magnitude but was later revised down to 8.7 by the USGS. The tsunami warning said quakes of such a magnitude "have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Indian Ocean basin".
Thailand's National Disaster Warning Centre advised people in the area to move to higher places and stay as far away as possible from the sea. "All people along the Andaman coast must evacuate to safe areas. We expect a tsunami 1.6 to 2.0 metres high to hit Phuket and Phang Nga at 5:40 pm (1040 GMT)," the centre's director Somsak Khaosuwan said on Thai television.