April 11th, 2012
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Major quake at Sumatra, quakes felt at Kerala, Tsunami warning alerted at coastal areas

earthquake-at-kochiKochi: Aftershocks of 6.5 has been recorded at Aceh province. The after shocks were also felt at Chennai and Kochi. A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean. However, earthquake and tsunami experts say that quake was horizontal and not vertical, lessening the threat of a tsunami.

Authorities say that the possibility of a Tsunami is unlikely. “No waves have been noticed so far in Andaman and Nicobar Islands;  a tsunami  has been virtually ruled out,” said  Sasidhra Reddy, an official with the National Disaster Relief Management.

A feeble earthquake was felt in various places in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and various other states which is a result of the major earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Sumatra Islands today.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami watch was in effect for Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Maldives and other Indian Ocean islands, Malaysia, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Iran, Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore. A tsunami watch means there is the potential for a tsunami, not that one is imminent.

The earlier report was that the first quake of 8.9 magnitude on the Richter Scale hit waters off westernmost Aceh province. However, it was later revised to 8.7 on the Richter Scale by the US-based USGS. The authorities were forced to issue a Tsunami warning. The U.S. Geological Survey said the powerful quake was centered 20 miles (33 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor around 308 miles (495 kilometers) from Aceh’s provincial capital. The Central government of India has asked everyone to remain calm even as they have red alert at all coastal regions.

The quake that struck Kochi at 2.10pm lasted for 5 seconds. In Kerala the quake was felt at Trivandrum, Kochi and Calicut. At  Kaloor NGO road, Palazhivattom buildings shook and everyone ran out of the buildings. Quake was experienced at Mathrubhumi office and Space Mall at Kozhikode. As there are chances for further quakes precautionary measures are being taken.

At Chennai the quake was felt at a similar time. Computers and tables shook at Indiavision office, Kochi. The quake in Chennai lasted for 5-6 seconds. Sources say that people panicked and frantically ran out of the buildings. The quake was felt a Mailapur and Tiruvalur of Tamil Nadu. People are being evacuated from coastal regions and Marina beach. At Bangalore metro rail services has been suspended. Vipin Chereekandy told doolnews,” I felt quakes in Bangalore ITPL.”

No confirmation has been received from the meteorological department about the intensity of the quake. The quake has also been reported at Kolkatta, Patna, Mumbai, and Bangalore. No loss of life or property has been recorded yet. Extreme caution has been alerted at Adaman Nicobar Islands.



4 Responses to “ Major quake at Sumatra, quakes felt at Kerala, Tsunami warning alerted at coastal areas ”

  1. Athen

    Hi Guys,
    I too felt the same on Cafetiria at my office around 2.15

  2. shan

    The bulidings in Infopark kochi got shaken for few seconds.

  3. shan

    Chennai shaked again for the second time today(Unconfirmed news).

  4. ajmal dilse

    i hope all of you stay safe and nothing bad happens…


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