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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Indian Ocean on tsunami watch after Sumatra quake

Sulaiman Kamal | 6:40 PM | | | Best Blogger Tips

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JAKARTA - A massive earthquake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday, US and Indonesian monitors reported, prompting a Pacific-wide tsunami alert.

The quake's magnitude was 8.7, according to a revised measurement from the US Geological Survey, and it struck 431 kilometres (268 miles) off the Indonesian city of Banda Aceh.

Banda Aceh was near the epicentre of a devastating quake in 2004 that triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean, which killed 170,000 people.

The latest tremor was felt as far afield as Thailand and southern India, residents said.

Monitoring agencies said the first tsunami waves are expected on shore in Sumatra by 0921GMT Wednesday.

India has also issued a tsunami warning for Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

In Singapore, several people called MediaCorp and the National Environment Agency, saying they could feel tremors in Bukit Panjang, Bendemeer Road, Farrer Road, Whampoa Road and Marine Parade.

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