Earthquake in Indonesia

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Indonesia feels earthquake at 14:30 hrs on 11th April, 2012. Indonesia does have a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.

This epicentre of the earthquake was at Indonesia with magnitude above 8.5 and focus of the earthquake was 20 mile down the ocean floor (since it is a type of shallow to intermediate type of earthquake), so there was a probability of generation of Tsunami currents and the same has been issued by countries like Indian, Srilanka and others. There is always chance of aftershocks just after the main shocks, so It is also advisable to not go inside the physical structure over the area.

The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Service issued a red high-level warning for the islands, and also put out lower alerts for the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Since the focus of the earthquake was 20 mile It was largest earthquake since 1990.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued tsunami watch for 28 countries, including Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, Maldives, Britain, Malaysia, Mauritius, Syechelles, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Madagascar, Iran, UAE, Yemen, Bangladsh, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore.

At 16:00 hrs, 11th April, 2012, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), India told that Tsunami danger is now no more.


Dr. Pradhan Parth Sarthi is climate change expert in the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of Bihar and also Faculty and Academic Coordinator in the Centre for Environmental Sciences, Central University of Bihar (Founded by the GoI under Central Universities Act, 2009), Patna.

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