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Quake hits Indonesia

Updated On: Sep 12, 2008

Bringing back memories of the great tsunami in December 2004 which killed 168 000 people, an earthquake measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale 10 km (6.2 miles) underwater shook Ternate in North Maluku at 8.03 am on 11 September 2008 Thursday with warnings going off on the possibility of triggering a tsunami.

The US Geological Survey has a different reading of the quake placed it at 6.6, prompting the authorities to immediately issue a tsunami warning but lifting it less than one hour later when the coast was clear.

The underwater quake struck some 122 km southwest of Ternate, announced officially by Indonesia’s Meteorological and Geophysics Agency to the international media. The danger of tsunami arises as the quake intensity was higher than 6 located at the shallow depth of less than 30km. In fact, the quake immediately caused tremors in Gorontalo east of Sulawesi.

Fortunately, there are no immediate reports of deaths or widespread infrastructural damage. Indonesia will have to find a way to sustain disaster recovery as it is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, where continental plates meet, causing seismic and volcanic activity.

Sources:

Bernama, "Powerful Quake Hits North Maluku, Potential For Tsunami" dated 11 September 2008 in Bernama website [downloaded on 11 September 2008], available at http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsworld.php?id=358404

Channelnewsasia, "Big quakes cause fears, no damage, in Japan, Indonesia " dated 11 September 2008  in the Channelnewsasia website [downloaded on 11 Sept 2008], available at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/375142/1/.ht...







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