Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Earthquake off Sumatra — again 

Yet another earthquake off Sumatra. Thankfully, there was no tsunami this time around.

Up to 2,000 dead in earthquake: Indonesian VP
As many as 2,000 people may have been killed when a powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Nias, Indonesian Vice President Yusuf Kalla said on Tuesday... [O]fficials on the Indonesian island of Nias off the west coast of Sumatra ealier said at least 300 people were believed to have been killed after many buildings were brought crashing to the ground by the quake...

The huge earthquake off northwest Indonesia triggered tsunami alerts across the Indian Ocean which caused widespread panic. The under-sea quake measuring up to 8.7 on the Richter Scale came just three months after an even bigger temblor in the same region sent giant waves crashing into 11 nations, killing over 270,000 people. The quake struck about 205 kilometres off the coast of the main northern Indonesian island of Sumatra and prompted Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand, among others, to issue warnings of imminent tsunamis...
Although the quake did not trigger off a tsunami — a fact that puzzles some experts — it was strong enough to be felt in Singapore, including in Toa Payoh, where apparently many residents evacuated their flats.


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