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Earth quake, tsunami alert and at last it has been withdrawn

Dhaka, Aug 11, 2009:
I just thought that some body was dragging my bed. I got up at 1 a.m. and was watching recorded drama serials at my laptop. But suddenly I was feeling the shake. I went to my next door to see my apartment mate and found him in deep sleep. I have got SMS breaking news at my cell phone. That was ‘Major 7.6 quake off Andaman islands triggers tsunami watch for India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand’. When I have come to office this morning I have come to know by another breaking news SMS at my cell phone that the Bangladeshi Met Office has withdrawn the tsunami alert. The Met Office had issued the tsunami alert after a major earth quake of magnitude 7.6 struck in the Indian Ocean off India’s Andaman Islands early on Tuesday. The quake triggered a tsunami watch for India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia and Thailand.

An online news agency of Bangladesh BDNEWS24 has reported by quoting Met official that no report of tsunami was reported from the coastal areas of Bangladesh. Met office had asked the people close to the coastal belt to move with caution until 8:40 a.m.

Met official had told the news agency that the quake was felt at 2:55:42am Bangladesh time. Its epicentre was 980 kilometres south-southeast.

Reuters has reported by quoting its correspondent in Port Blair, capital of the islands that in the northern part of Andaman Island, people ran out of their houses in panic. Police said there had been no reports so far of any damage. Police also told that the rooms shook for around 20 to 30 seconds, it was quite strong.

BDNEWS has told by quoting the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.7, struck at 1:55 a.m. (1955 GMT on Monday). It was shallow, at a depth of 20.6 miles, and was centered 160 miles north of Port Blair.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami watch for the region.

“Earthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a destructive local tsunami and sometimes a destructive regional tsunami along coasts located usually no more than a thousand kilometers (about 600 miles) from the earthquake epicenter,” the tsunami center said in its bulletin.

However, the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services had not been issued any tsunami warning.

The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a chain of small islands hundreds of miles east of India in the Indian Ocean.

A 7.6 magnitude quake is classified by the USGS as a major earthquake and is capable of widespread, heavy damage.
An even bigger quake in the Indian Ocean in 2004 caused a tsunami that killed some 228,000 people.

In Indonesia, a meteorology agency official said his agency was monitoring the Aceh area on the tip of Sumatra. So far there had been no reports of a tsunami in Indonesia but it could take two hours for one to reach the coastline.


August 11, 2009 - Posted by | National, Personal, Uncategorized | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Indonesian rescue workers have pulled bodies from village homes buried in a landslide triggered by a powerful earthquake.

    The tremor killed at least 57 people and severely damaged more than 10,000 buildings across West Java.

    At least 110 people were hospitalized with injuries from Wednesday’s quake, centered just off the coast of the densely populated island, Disaster Management Agency spokesman Priyadi Kardono said. Ten were in critical condition.

    More than 24,800 homes, offices, schools and mosques were damaged, about 10,000 seriously by the 7.0 magnitude tremor.

    In the village of Cikangkareng, villagers were searching for more than 30 friends and relatives listed as missing and feared dead.


    Comment by 自存倉 | September 7, 2009 | Reply

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