An earthquake of 8.6 magnitude on the Richter scale was recorded off the coast of Aceh (Thailand). Although he immediately issued a tsunami warning in "across the Indian Ocean" the president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that there is "no threat of tsunami," despite which the authorities remain "on alert ". Since Indonesia's geophysics agency reported that it has detected a sea level rise of 0.8 meters to the west and north coasts of Aceh province.
The Pacific warning center said that the sea level indicates that there has been a minor tsunami
Both India and geophysics agency Observatory U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported an earthquake measuring 8.6 on the Richter scale, located, according to USGS, about 500 kilometers southwest of Banda Aceh and hypocenter of just over 30 km deep.
The earthquake was felt in Singapore, Thailand and southern India, causing panic among the population have fled their homes in search of refuge.Indonesia Geophysics Agency reported that among the aftershocks contained an earthquake of magnitude 8.8 and has announced an expansion in two hours of the tsunami warning.
Meanwhile, the U.S. seismic observatory has reported a new earthquake of 8.2, recorded at 12:43 (Spanish time) to 16 kilometers deep and 617 kilometers southwest of the capital of Aceh province Banda Aceh.
The center of the Pacific tsunami warning has been reported that data on sea level indicate that there has been a minor tsunami by the earthquake, while from the Indonesia Geophysics Agency reported that it has detected an increase sea level of 0.8 meters to the west and north coasts of Aceh province.
According to Victor Sardina, a geophysicist at the Pacific warning center (based in Hawaii), there has been a wave of 17 centimeters in height, which leads to Aceh, but could not say when it will land. "It seems a major tsunami," he told Reuters.
According to the Center of Hawaii, in case you do not register the arrival of a destructive tidal wave or two hours after the initial estimates, "the authorities can result in overcoming the threat." However, the alert will remain for hours for ships and offshore installations due to strong currents.
"There is no threat of tsunami, despite which we remain on alert," said the president of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is on official visit and has offered his country's help if necessary.
"The situation in Aceh is under control. There have been a bit of panic, but people are able to move to the highest points," continued the president, who said he has ordered the posting to the site of a support team.
The same area in late 2004 showed a similar earthquake and tsunami that caused the death or disappearance of about 230,000 people in thirteen countries of the Indian, 170,000 of them in Aceh alone.
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