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    8.5 quake off Indonesia

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    Massive M8.6 Quake Off The Coast Of Sumatra Today


    Could this be 2004 all over again?


    A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a 8.6-magnitude earthquake, the eighth worst in the last 100 years, hit waters off Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering widespread panic as residents along coastlines fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.


    But earthquake and tsunami experts say that quake was horizontal and not vertical, lessening the threat of tsunamis. The National Disaster Management Authority in India said that there was no likelihood of tsunami being formed anywhere in the Indian Ocean.


    The US Geological Survey said the 8.6-magnitude quake was centered 20 miles (33 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor around 269 miles (434 kilometers) from Aceh's provincial capital.


    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.


    This area of 'The Ring Of Fire' is one of the most seismically active in the world. Stay safe in Indonesia, God Bless!

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