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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Indonesian Earthquake

I read that there was a huge earthquake in Indonesia today and that it was felt in lots of different places.

April 11 (Bloomberg) -- An 8.6-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's Aceh province, the U.S. Geological Survey said today, prompting residents to flee to higher ground as India, Thailand and Sri Lanka issued tsunami warnings.
The quake struck 431 kilometers (268 miles) off the coast of Aceh, one of Indonesia's poorest provinces where 170,000 people died or went missing in a Indian Ocean 2004 tsunami. India's tsunami center warned of possible six-meter waves in the Andaman islands and the Malaysian Meteorological Department advised people in Penang, Kedah, Perlis, Langkawi and Perak to stay away from the coastline.
Buildings in neighboring Singapore shook after the quake hit, which was initially measured at a magnitude of 8.9, and tremors were felt in India. The epicenter was 963 kilometers west of Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur and 1,797 kilometers west northwest of Jakarta, according to the USGS. So far there are no reports of casualties or damage in Aceh and elsewhere, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said at a briefing in Jakarta today.

 I live in California so everyone thinks we always have earthquakes. I have only been in a few and they were small but they were really scary. I am happy they don't have to worry about a tsunami. I hope everyone in those places is safe.

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