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TODAY IS MARCH 11TH 2011

8.9 earthquake in Japan Tsunami waves hit Japan. MUCH DAMAGE AND LOSS OF LIFE

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Magnitude 8.9 - NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
2011 March 11 05:46:23 UTC


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A huge 8.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered a 23-foot-tall tsunami that has devastated parts of the country. Now, Hawaii, Alaska and much of the West Coast are expected to be hit by the powerful waves.

A horrific 8.9 magnitute earthquake about 80 miles off the coast of Japan triggered a devastating tsunami that crashed into the island nation at about 2:20 am local time today. The deadly wave, which measured 23-feet-tall, has killed at least 60 people, and injured countless more. Blackouts caused by the quake spread as far as Russia and South America. Parts of the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and much of the West Coast — from Washington state to the California-Mexico border — are now in danger of a possible tsunami hit.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued a tsunami warning/advisory for Hawaii, the West Coast and Alaska. Walls of water as high as 6-feet could begin hitting Hawaii as early as 3am local time (5am PST). By about 7am PST, the tsunami could begin to hit parts of Oregon, followed by the Washington and California coasts. While residents on the Oregon coast have been urged to evacuate, NOAA officials say the waves to hit California should be relatively small, and are expected to cause no major damage.

To view a complete list of expected tsunami strike times, click here.

In Japan, the situation is far worse. According to the United States Geological survey, the 8.9-magnitude quake is the fifth largest earthquake on Earth in over 100 years of recorded history. Cars, boats and houses were swept away as the resulting killer wave spread its path of destruction, which covered a 1,300-mile stretch of coast line that affected dozens of cities and villages.

The Japanese government has declared a state of emergency at a nuclear power plant after a cooling system failed. Eleven of Japan’s nuclear reactors were shut down immediately following the quake.

A number of Japan’s major industrial plants have been shut down in the wake of the disaster, including factories of Sony, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, and beermaker Sapporo, Bloomberg reports. One Honda worker was killed after a wall collapsed on top of him. Thirty other workers at that factor suffered injuries. Several employees at a Panasonic factory were also hurt in the quake.

Here are some online resources for keeping up-to-date on the disaster in Japan, and the tsunamis expected to hit US shores:



SEPTEMBER 29th 2010.

– 21 mins ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Two powerful earthquakes hit waters off eastern Indonesia in rapid succession early Thursday, prompting officials to briefly trigger a tsunami warning.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a 7.2 magnitude quake off Papua province, centered just 7 miles (12 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor, struck less than a minute after a 6.6 temblor in the same location.

The town of Tual on nearby Maluku island was shaken, said Fauzi, chief of the Indonesian meteorological and geophysics agency, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The area closest to the epicenter is remote and sparsely populated.

Located 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometers) east of the capital, Jakarta, it is closer to the northern Australian city of Darwin, which sits some 560 miles (900 kilometers) to the south.

Fauzi's agency lifted a tsunami warning 90 minutes after the temblors struck, saying the threat for destructive waves had passed.

Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that make the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.

A giant quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh.


AUGUST 3RD 2010

Powerful quake hits eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A powerful earthquake struck waters off of eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage and officials said there was no threat of a tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 and was centered off Sulawesi island, around 26 miles (42 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor.

Some buildings shook in Manado, 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of the epicenter, and in the nearby cities of Bitung and Tondano. But Deny Hendrawanto, an official at Indonesia's earthquake monitoring office, said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Dr. Fauzi, chief of the agency, said there also was no threat of a tsunami. Like many Indonesians, Fauzi uses just one name.

Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that make the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity. A giant quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh.




JULY 19TH 2010: NO TSUNAMI WARNINGS


TODAY IS JUNE 12TH 2010
TSUNAMI WARNING: 7.5 earthquake NICOBAE ISLANDS.



MAY 10TH 2010

27 mins ago

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) – A local tsunami alert was issued and later lifted after an earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck Sumatra, Indonesia, the country's quake agency and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported on Sunday.

"Sea level readings indicate that a significant tsunami was not generated. Therefore the tsunami watch issued by this center is now canceled," the USGS said.

West Aceh police chief Djoko Widodo, told Reuters that the quake, which happened at 0559 GMT around 140 miles south of Banda Aceh, briefly caused panic.

"From what I see around my office, there's no damage but I see people running out of their houses. They are still outside, afraid to go back," he said.

The Indonesian archipelago stretches across a seismically active area known as the Pacific Ring of Fire and is prone to earthquakes and volcanoes.

A 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami on Sumatra island killed 170,000 people in Aceh province alone, while more than 1,000 people died after a powerful quake hit the city of Padang last September.

(Reporting by Sunanda Creagh and Telly Nathalia; Writing by David Fox, Editing by Sugita Katyal)



MARCH 25TH 2010


March 5th...

Tsunmai advisory for indian ocean 6.6 earthquake in Sumatra.


FEB 27TH 2010

8.8 earthquake hits CHILE: TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED FOR PACFIC RIM:
GET TO HIGHER GROUND NOW!!!!!!!!!




TODAY IS JANUARY 13TH 2010

DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE HAS TOPPLED PARTS OF HAITI OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO THEM TODAY:



PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after the strongest earthquake hit the poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years crushed thousands of structures, from humble shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped.

Destroyed communications made it impossible to tell the extent of destruction from Tuesday afternoon's 7.0-magnitude tremor, or to estimate how many were dead among the collapsed buildings in Haiti's capital of about 2 million people.

France's foreign minister said the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission was apparently among the dead.

International Red Cross spokesman Paul Conneally said an estimated 3 million people may have been affected by the quake and that it would take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge. Clouds of dust thrown up by falling buildings choked Port-au-Prince for hours.

The United States and other nations began organizing aid efforts, alerting search teams and gathering supplies that will be badly needed in Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest country. The international Red Cross and other aid groups announced plans for major relief operations.

"Haiti has moved to center of the world's thoughts and the world's compassion," said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Associated Press journalists based in Port-au-Prince found the damage staggering even for a country long accustomed to tragedy and disaster.

Aftershocks rattled the city as women covered in dust clawed out of debris, wailing. Stunned people wandered the streets holding hands. Thousands gathered in public squares long after nightfall, singing hymns.

People pulled bodies from collapsed homes, covering them with sheets by the side of the road. Passersby lifted the sheets to see if a loved one was underneath. Outside a crumbled building the bodies of five children and three adults lay in a pile.

It was clear tens of thousands lost their homes and many perished in collapsed buildings that were flimsy and dangerous even under normal conditions.

"The hospitals cannot handle all these victims," Dr. Louis-Gerard Gilles, a former senator, said as he helped survivors. "Haiti needs to pray. We all need to pray together."

An Associated Press videographer saw a wrecked hospital where people screamed for help in Petionville, a hillside Port-au-Prince district that is home to many diplomats and wealthy Haitians as well as the poor.

At a destroyed four-story apartment building, a girl of about 16 stood atop a car, trying to peer inside while several men pulled at a foot sticking from rubble. She said her family was inside.

U.N. peacekeepers, many of whom are from Brazil, were distracted from aid efforts by their own tragedy: Many spent the night hunting for survivors in the ruins of their headquarters.

"It would appear that everyone who was in the building, including my friend Hedi Annabi, the United Nations' Secretary General's special envoy, and everyone with him and around him, are dead," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Wednesday, speaking on RTL radio.

At least four Brazilian soldiers were killed and five injured, Brazil's army said. Jordan's official news agency said three of its peacekeepers were killed and 21 were injured. A state newspaper in China said eight Chinese peacekeepers were known dead and 10 were missing — though officials later said the information was not confirmed.

U.N. peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said late Tuesday that the missing included mission chief Hedi Annabi of Tunisia, who was in the building when the quake struck. Some 9,000 peacekeepers have been in Haiti since 2004, including 1,266 Brazilians.

Much of the National Palace pancaked on itself, but Haiti's ambassador to Mexico, Robert Manuel, said President Rene Preval and his wife survived the earthquake. He had no details.

The quake struck at 4:53 p.m., centered 10 miles (15 kilometers) west of Port-au-Prince at a depth of only 5 miles (8 kilometers), the U.S. Geological Survey said. USGS geophysicist Kristin Marano called it the strongest earthquake since 1770 in what is now Haiti.

Most of Haiti's 9 million people are desperately poor, and after years of political instability the country has no real construction standards. In November 2008, following the collapse of a school in Petionville, the mayor of Port-au-Prince estimated about 60 percent of buildings were shoddily built and unsafe in normal circumstances.

Tuesday's quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, and in eastern Cuba, but no major damage was reported in either place.

With electricity knocked out in many places and phone service erratic, it was nearly impossible for Haitian or foreign officials to get full details of the devastation.

"Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken," said Henry Bahn, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official visiting Port-au-Prince. "The sky is just gray with dust."

In Washington, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said that U.S. Embassy personnel were "literally in the dark" after power failed.

"They reported structures down. They reported a lot of walls down. They did see a number of bodies in the street and on the sidewalk that had been hit by debris. So clearly, there's going to be serious loss of life in this," he said.

President Barack Obama offered prayers for the people of Haiti and said the U.S. stood ready to help. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. was offering full assistance — civilian and military — and a national organization of registered nurses called for nurse volunteers to provide care in Haiti.

Elizabeth Byrs, a spokeswoman for the U.N.'s humanitarian office, said it was working with independent aid agency Telecoms Sans Frontieres to get phone lines working again — a key element in organizing relief efforts.

Venezuela's government said it would send a military plane with canned foods, medicine and drinking water and provide 50 rescue workers. Mexico, which suffered an earthquake in 1985 that killed some 10,000 people, planned to send doctors, search and rescue dogs and infrastructure damage experts.

Italy said it was sending a C-130 cargo plane Wednesday with a field hospital and emergency medical personnel as well as a team to assess aid needs. France said 65 clearing specialists, with six sniffer dogs, and two doctors and two nurses were leaving.

Edwidge Danticat, an award-winning Haitian-American author was unable to contact relatives in Haiti. She sat with family and friends at her home in Miami, looking for news on the Internet and watching TV news reports.

"You want to go there, but you just have to wait," she said. "Life is already so fragile in Haiti, and to have this on such a massive scale, it's unimaginable how the country will be able to recover from this."



TODAY IS JANUARY 12TH 2010:

Strong 7.0 quake hits Haiti, hospital collapses:


Strong quake hits Haiti, hospital collapses
AP

6 mins ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A strong earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti on Tuesday, where a hospital collapsed and people were screaming for help. Other buildings also were damaged.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries, but an analyst at the U.S. Geological Survey said there could be substantial damage and casualties. Powerful aftershocks were felt in the first hour.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) west from the Caribbean nation's capital of Port-au-Prince, the USGS said. It had a depth of 5 miles (8 kilometers).

An Associated Press videographer saw the wrecked hospital in Petionville, near Port-au-Prince, and a U.S. government official reported seeing houses that had tumbled into a ravine.

No further details on any causualties or other damage were immediately available.

Don Blakeman, an analyst at the USGS in Golden, Colorado, said such a strong quake carried the potential for widespread damage.

"I think we are going to see substantial damage and casualties," he said.

Blakeman said Haiti had already been hit by many aftershocks, the two largest registering magnitude 5.9 and 5.5.

"We expect more aftershocks because this is a large, shallow earthquake," he said.

The quake was felt in the Dominican Republic, which shares a border with Haiti on the island of Hispaniola. Some panicked residents in the capital of Santo Domingo fled from their shaking homes.

Another USGS analyst, Dale Grant, said this was "the largest quake recorded in this area." He said the last strong quake was a magnitude-6.7 temblor in 1984.

"Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken," said Henry Bahn, a U.S. Department of Agriculture visiting Haiti. "The sky is just gray with dust."

Bahn said he was walking to his hotel room when the ground began to shake.

"I just held on and bounced across the wall," he said. "I just hear a tremendous amount of noise and shouting and screaming in the distance."

Bahn said there were rocks strewn all over the place and he saw a ravine where several homes had been built. "It's just full of collapsed walls and rubble and barbed wire," he said.

Felix Augustin, Haiti's consul general in New York, said he was concerned about everyone in Haiti, including his relatives.

"Communication is absolutely impossible," he said. "I've been trying to call my ministry and I cannot get through. ... It's mind-boggling."


TODAY IS JANUARY 10th 2010


6.5 quake shakes buildings on California coast
AP

By GARANCE BURKE and ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press Writers Garance Burke And Andrew Dalton, Associated Press Writers – 1 min ago

FRESNO, Calif – A 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California Saturday afternoon, shaking buildings south of the Oregon border and knocking out power in several coastal communities.

The powerful quake hit at about 4:27 p.m. PST about 22 miles from Ferndale, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Authorities in the nearby city of Eureka and other area communities said no major injuries have been reported. But several people received minor cuts and scrapes from broken glass at the Bayshore Mall in Eureka, fire spokesman Gary Bird said.

"There are some frayed nerves, but I think we've come through this pretty well for the magnitude of earthquake we've had," he said.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. spokesman J.D. Guidi said power outages were widespread across most of Humboldt County, affecting about 25,000 customers.

Several traffic lights fell and numerous residents reported water, gas and sewer leaks, Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services spokeswoman Jo Wattle said.

"People have chimneys down, and we're hearing about minor property damage and lots of glassware broken," Wattle said. "People are really shaken up. It was shaking pretty good, then it had a big jolt to it at the end."

According to the USGS, the quake hit at a depth of nearly 10 miles. Eight aftershocks followed in the three hours after the quake, the biggest registering at 6:21 p.m. PST at a magnitude of 4.5.

Police in Ferndale said the earthquake caused stucco to fall off City Hall and broke shop windows, strewing the historic downtown streets with glass shards.

"I thought a tire had blown off my truck because it was so hard to keep control of the vehicle," Officer Lindsey Frank said. "Power lines were swaying, and I could see people in the fields trying to keep their balance."

Televisions tumbled and objects were knocked off walls in Arcata, a small town that's home to Humboldt State University, one resident said.

"The whole town is kind of freaked out right now," said Judd Starks, the kitchen manager at a bar and restaurant known as The Alibi. "All the power is out, people are out walking around."

The quake was felt as far south as Capitola in central California, and as far north as central Oregon, USGS geophysicist Richard Buckmaster said.

The area is about 270 miles north of San Francisco in a coastal area known for periodic earthquakes. In 1964 a tsunami washed away 11 people in Crescent City, 80 miles to the north of Arcata. It is the only tsunami to take lives in the continental United States.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was no threat of the quake generating a tsunami.

There is a small chance — 5 to 10 percent — of another magnitude-6.5 temblor or larger hitting the area over the next week, but the odds dramatically decrease as time passes, the USGS said.

There's also a 78 percent chance of a strong and potentially damaging aftershock magnitude-5 or larger over the same period. The earthquake probabilities are based on statistical observations of past earthquakes in California and are not predictions, the USGS said.

Dan Bowermaster of San Francisco was with relatives in Eureka when the quake hit, moving the refrigerator in his cousins' home about 3 feet. He said he had been in several moderate and large quakes throughout California but had never felt anything as strong as this one.

"It was extremely unsettling, it was shaking in kind of a circular way," he said.

Sandra Hall, owner of Antiques and Goodies in Eureka, said furniture fell over, nearly all her lamps broke and the handful of customers in her store got a big scare. She said it was the most dramatic quake in the 30 years the store has been open.

"We'll be having a sale on broken china for those who like to do mosaics," she said.



TODAY IS JANUARY 5TH 2010

1,000 people homeless on Solomons after tsunami
AP

HONIARA, Solomon Islands – Landslides and a tsunami destroyed the homes of about one-third of the population on a Solomon Island, but lives were likely spared as residents with memories of previous disasters fled quickly to higher ground, officials said Tuesday.

From the air, extensive damage could be seen on a remote western island after a 7.2-magnitude temblor triggered the landslides in the Pacific Solomon Islands on Monday, said disaster management office director Loti Yates.

No injuries have been reported some 30 hours after the biggest in a series of quakes churned a tsunami wave that was up to 10 feet (3 meters) high as it plowed into the coast, officials said.

However, more than 1,000 people have been affected after some 200 houses were destroyed on Rendova, an island some 190 miles (300 kilometers) from the capital Honiara. Only 3,600 people live on Rendova.

Photographs taken from police helicopters Tuesday showed debris lining the foreshore and damaged houses on the coasts of Rendova and Tetepare, as well as deep scars on hills and cliffs caused by landslides.

Hillsides crashed down and the tsunami inundated homes Monday, but residents' memories of earlier disasters probably helped prevent any casualties, officials and residents said.

In April 2007, an 8.1 temblor unleashed a tsunami that killed more than 50 people. A quake-churned tsunami that killed more than 200 on nearby Samoa and Tonga in September was another reminder, locals said.

"People are very sensitive, as a quake conjures up memories, and people immediately begin going to higher ground," police commissioner Peter Marshall told The Associated Press.

"The fact it was daylight, the isolated nature of the wave and that the landslides were in a relatively sparsely populated area" also helped, he said.

The largest quake — magnitude 7.2 — happened about 9:30 a.m. local time Monday and caused the tsunami to hit the coast a short time later. At least nine other quakes greater than magnitude 5.0 have rocked the earthquake-prone region since, including three Tuesday night. One measured magnitude 6.9 and generated a tsunami about an inch high.

In the provincial capital Gizo, dive shop owner Danny Kennedy said the general rule is that "if there's anything more than 20 seconds of shaking or any sea water recedes, head for the hills."

A police boat patrolled Tuesday to check the coastline, where many homes are at sea level, making them vulnerable to tsunamis, National Disaster Management Office spokesman Julian Makaa said. No casualties had been reported so far, he said.

One village, Retavo, home to about 20 people, was reportedly completely inundated by a wall of sea water up to 10 feet (3 meters) high, but Makaa said no deaths or injuries had been reported there.

Emergency food, water and tarpaulins were being shipped in.

The Solomon Islands lie on the "Ring of Fire" — an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim and where about 90 percent of the world's quakes occur.


TODAY IS JANUARY 2ND 2010 Happy New Year!!!



TODAY IS DECEMBER 26TH 2009. THe 5TH Anniversary of the 2004 Asian tsunami disaster.



NOVEMBER 24TH 2009

Strong quake off Tonga: USGS
AFP

Strong quake strikes off Tonga: USGS AFP/Graphic – A map locating the 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Tonga. The strong quake rattled the Pacific island …
Tue Nov 24, 10:01 am ET

NUKU'ALOFA (AFP) – A strong quake with a magnitude of 6.8 hit off the Pacific island nation of Tonga early Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said, although there was no threat of a widespread destructive tsunami.

The earthquake struck at 2:47 am (1247 GMT) and was centred 193 kilometres (120 miles) east-northeast of the capital Nuku'alofa at a depth of 62 kilometres, USGS said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii said "no destructive widespread tsunami threat exists based on historical earthquake and tsunami data".

It said in an information bulletin that quakes of this size sometimes generate local tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts within 100 kilometres of the epicentre.

The quake was followed by an aftershock of 5.6 magnitude.

Nine people died in September when a tsunami hit the northern Tongan island of Niuatoputapu following an 8.0-magnitude earthquake. The tsunami also killed 143 people in Samoa and another 34 in neighbouring American Samoa.

Earthquakes are common in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates in the Earth's crust meet.



OCTOBER 7TH 2009

MAP 7.8 2009/10/07 22:03:16 -13.052 166.187 35.0 VANUATU
MAP 6.7 2009/10/07 21:41:15 4.043 122.584 582.8 CELEBES SEA

TODAY IS SEPTEMBER 30TH 2009

HIGH ACTIVITY IN INDIAN AND PACIFIC OCEAN> REMAIN AWARE:


Indonesia quake kills 75, thousands trapped

Powerful earthquake hits Indonesia.

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press Writer Niniek Karmini, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 1 min ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A powerful earthquake rocked western Indonesia Wednesday, trapping thousands under collapsed buildings — including two hospitals — and triggering landslides. At least 75 people were killed on Sumatra island and the death toll was expected to climb sharply.

The magnitude 7.6 quake struck at 5:15 p.m. local time (1015GMT, 6:15 a.m. EDT), just off the coast of Padang city the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was along the same fault line that spawned the massive 2004 Asian tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries.

A tsunami warning for countries along the Indian Ocean was issued, and panicked residents fled to higher ground fearing giant waves. The warning was lifted about an hour later.

When the quake struck, the ground was shaking so hard that people sat down on the streets to avoid falling over, footage shot in Padang and broadcast by local TVOne network showed.

Children screamed as residents tried to put out fires started in the quake. Thousands fled the coast in cars and motorbikes, honking horns.

Initial reports received by the government said 75 people were killed, but the real number is "definitely higher than that," Vice President Jusuf Kalla told reporters in the capital, Jakarta.

"It's hard to tell because there is heavy rain and a blackout," he said.

Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari told MetroTV that a mall and two hospitals had collapsed in Padang — a sprawling low-lying city in Western Sumatra province of around 900,000 people that geologists have warned could be vulnerable to a massive quake or tsunami.

"This is a high-scale disaster, more powerful than the earthquake in Yogyakarta in 2006 when more than 3,000 people died," Supari said, referring to a major city on the main island of Java.

Rustam Pakaya, head of the Health Ministry's crisis center, said "thousands of people are trapped under the collapsed houses."

A field hospital was being prepared to assist the injured and medical teams were on the way from neighboring provinces, he said.

"Many buildings are badly damaged, including hotels and mosques," said Wandono, an official at Meteorology and Geophysics Agency in Jakarta, citing reports from residents.

Footage from Padang showed flattened buildings, the foot of one person sticking out from beneath the debris.

"The earthquake was very strong," said Kasmiati, who lives on the coast near to the epicenter. "People ran to high ground. Houses and buildings were badly damaged."

"I was outside, so I am safe, but my children at home were injured," she said before her cell phone went dead.

TV One said the quake triggered landslides that cut all roads to Padang. Power and telecommunications were also cut. Fire also broke out in buildings on a road to the city, officials said.

"I want to know what happened to my sister and her husband," said Fitra Jaya, who owns a house in downtown Padang and was in Jakarta when the quake struck. "I tried to call my family there, but I could not reach anyone at all."

Wednesday's quake came a day after a quake with a magnitude of between 8.0 and 8.3 in the South Pacific hurled a massive tsunami at the shores of Samoa and American Samoa, flattening villages and leaving at least 99 dead and dozens missing.

The epicenter of Wednesday's temblor off Indonesia lies several thousand miles (kilometers) to the west, on the other side of Australia.

The shaking could be felt in high buildings in Jakarta, several hundred miles (kilometers) away. It was also felt in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia.

Padang was badly hit by an 8.4 magnitude quake in September 2007, when dozens of people died and several large buildings collapsed.


At least 99 dead in tsunami in Samoa, American Samoa

APIA, Samoa (AP) — A powerful earthquake in the South Pacific hurled a massive tsunami at the shores of Samoa and American Samoa, flattening villages and sweeping cars and people out to sea, leaving at least 99 dead and dozens missing.

Survivors fled the fast-churning water for higher ground and remained huddled there hours after the quake struck early Tuesday. Signs of devastation were everywhere, with a giant boat washed ashore lying on the edge of a highway and floodwaters swallowing up cars and homes.

The quake, with a magnitude between 8.0 and 8.3, struck around dawn about 125 miles from Samoa, an island nation of 180,000 people located about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. It struck about 120 miles from neighboring American Samoa, a U.S. territory that is home to 65,000 people.

Four tsunami waves 15 to 20 feet high roared ashore on American Samoa, reaching up to a mile inland, Mike Reynolds, superintendent of the National Park of American Samoa, was quoted as saying by a parks service spokeswoman.

Hampered by power and communications outages, officials struggled to determine damage and casualties.

Samoan police commissioner Lilo Maiava told The Associated Press that police there had confirmed 63 deaths but that officials were still searching the devastated areas, so the number of deaths might rise soon.

Hundreds of injured people were being treated by health workers, and people were still struggling into centers seeking treatment, Maiava said.

At least 30 people were killed on American Samoa, Gov. Togiola Tulafono said, adding that the toll was expected to rise as emergency crews were recovering bodies overnight.

"I don't think anybody is going to be spared in this disaster," said Tulafono, who was in Hawaii for a conference.

In Washington, President Obama declared a disaster for American Samoa. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it was deploying teams to provide support and assess damage.

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi looked shaken Wednesday on board a flight from Auckland, New Zealand, to the Samoan capital of Apia.

"So much has gone. So many people are gone," he told reporters on board. "I'm so shocked, so saddened by all the loss."

Malielegaoi said his own village of Lepa was destroyed.

"Thankfully, the alarm sounded on the radio and gave people time to climb to higher ground," he said. "But not everyone escaped."

Gov. Tulafono told reporters in Hawaii that a member of his extended family was among the dead in American Samoa.

Because the closeness of the community, "each and every family is going to be affected by someone who's lost their life," he said as he boarded a Coast Guard C-130 plane in Hawaii to return home. The plane, which also carried FEMA officials and aid, was scheduled to arrive at about 7 a.m. local time. (2 p.m. ET)

Authorities in Tonga confirmed at least six additional people dead in the island nation west of the Samoas, New Zealand's acting Prime Minister Bill English said. He said Tongan officials told him that four people were missing after the tsunami swept ashore on the northern island of Niua.

"There are a considerable number of people who've been swept out to sea and are unaccounted for," English said. "We don't have information about the full impact and we do have some real concern that over the next 12 hours the picture could look worse rather than better."

A New Zealand P3 Orion maritime surveillance airplane had reached the region Wednesday afternoon and had searched for survivors off the coast, he said. It was expected to resume searching at first light.

The Samoa Red Cross said it had opened five temporary shelters and estimated that about 15,000 people were affected by the tsunami.

New Zealander Graeme Ansell said the Samoan beach village of Sau Sau Beach Fale was leveled.

"It was very quick. The whole village has been wiped out," Ansell told New Zealand's National Radio from a hill near Samoa's capital, Apia. "There's not a building standing. We've all clambered up hills, and one of our party has a broken leg. There will be people in a great lot of need 'round here."

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told Seven Network in Australia that two Australians had died in the tsunami, including a 6-year-old girl.

The other Australian victim was identified by her family as 50-year-old Maree Blacker.

"This is a tragic day for the people of Samoa," Rudd said.

Mase Akapo, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in American Samoa, reported at least 19 people killed in four different villages on the main island of Tutuila. Officials reported at least 50 injured.

Residents in both Samoa and American Samoa reported being shaken awake by the quake early Tuesday, which lasted two to three minutes and was centered about 20 miles (32 kilometers) below the ocean floor. It was followed by at least three large aftershocks of at least 5.6 magnitude.

The quake came Tuesday morning for the Samoas, which lie just east of the international dateline. For Asia-Pacific countries on the other side of the line, it was already Wednesday.

The Samoan capital, Apia, was virtually deserted by afternoon, with schools and businesses closed. Hours after the waves struck, fresh sirens rang out with another tsunami alert and panicked residents headed for higher ground again, although there was no indication of a new quake.

In American Samoa's capital of Pago Pago, the streets and fields were filled with ocean debris, mud, overturned cars and several boats as a massive cleanup effort continued into the night. Several buildings in the city — just a few feet above sea level — were flattened by either the quake or the tsunami.

Several areas were expected to be without electricity for up to a month.

The dominant industry in American Samoa — tuna canneries — was also affected. Chicken of the Sea's tuna packing plant in American Samoa was forced to close although the facility wasn't damaged, the San Diego-based company said.

The effects of the tsunami could be felt thousands of miles away.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said "very weak" tsunami waves were registered off the island of Hachijojima about 10 hours after the quake. There were no reports of injuries or damage in Japan, which is about 4,700 miles northwest of Samoa.

U.S. officials said strong currents and dangerous waves were forecast from California to Washington state. No major flooding was expected, however.

In Los Angeles, lifeguards said they would clear beaches at about 8 p.m. in response to an advisory for possible dangerous currents.

While the earthquake and tsunami were big, they were not on the same scale of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, said Brian Atwater of the U.S. Geological Survey in Seattle. That tsunami killed more than 230,000 in a dozen countries across Asia.
TODAY IS SEPTEMBER 29TH 2009


September 3rd 2009_ EARTHQUAKE!!!!!


Indonesia quake toll at 57, many homes damaged
Reuters

Residents gather outside a mosque damaged by a powerful earthquake at Cisaat village Reuters – Residents gather outside a mosque damaged by a powerful earthquake at Cisaat village, West Java September …


By Dadang Tri Dadang Tri – Thu Sep 3, 7:35 am ET

CIKANGKARENG, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesian villagers continued a frantic search on Thursday for people buried in the rubble, after a powerful quake killed at least 57 and destroyed thousands of homes in the hills of West Java.

Government agencies said the death toll was likely to rise, given that some affected coastal areas could not be contacted after Wednesday's 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which sent terrified residents rushing out onto the streets of the capital, Jakarta, and in towns and villages closer to the epicenter in West Java.

In Cikangkareng village about 60 miles south of Jakarta, the quake triggered a landslide that buried more than 40 people, as well as houses and a mosque, under rocks and earth, a Reuters witness said.

"Many of our young were buried by the landslide. We need food, we don't have food," said villager Rohim.

Priyadi Kardono, spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, said that it was difficult to rescue any survivors or recover bodies trapped under the landslide because heavy earth-moving machines could not be used effectively.

He warned the death toll could "change significantly" given the scale of damage, with at least 57 people reported dead in West Java.

The quake injured about 150 people and damaged more than 24,000 houses, schools, offices, mosques and other buildings.

Indonesia's main power, oil and gas, steel, and mining companies with operations in West and Central Java island closest to the quake's epicenter said they had suffered no damage.

FEAR OF AFTERSHOCKS

In Pangalengan district, about 130 km (80 miles) southeast of Jakarta, a woman who gave her name as Esti burst into tears as she returned home to find that only the roof of her house remained intact.

"I really hope the government will help me to rebuild my house," she said.

Reuters reporters saw many damaged houses, as well as tents and makeshift shelters on streets and in fields. Troops moved in to guard what was left of the homes and prevent looting.

Many people in Pangalengan refused to go back inside their houses fearing aftershocks.

"Nearly 50 percent of the houses here are flattened," said Endang Taminto, head of disaster relief unit at West Java's Rotary Club. "People are scattered everywhere, setting up tents using only plastic sheeting. They even sleep out in the tea plantations."

Indonesia's friends in the region offered help.

"We've said to the Indonesian authorities we will work with them in terms of any assistance that we can provide," Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd told national radio.

Yukio Hatoyama, Japan's next prime minister after his Democratic Party of Japan's landslide election victory, said his government would provide help "regardless of any request."

"We need to make sure there are no delays in providing aid that we would normally be able to provide because of a policy vacuum," he said.

Indonesia's 17,000 islands are scattered along a belt of volcanic and seismic activity known as the Pacific "ring of fire," one of the most quake-prone places on earth.

More than 170,000 Indonesians were killed or listed as missing after a 9.15 magnitude earthquake off Indonesia's Aceh province on Sumatra island triggered a tsunami in December 2004. A total of 230,000 people died in Indian Ocean countries.

Indonesia's seismology agency put the magnitude of Wednesday's quake at 7.3 with the epicenter 142 km (88 miles) southwest of Tasikmalaya, in West Java.

FELT IN BALI

The quake was felt as far away as Surabaya, Indonesia's second city, 500 km (300 miles) northeast of Tasikmalaya, and on the resort island of Bali, about 700 km (420 miles) to the east.

In Jakarta, thousands of people poured onto the streets when the quake rocked office and apartment blocks on Wednesday afternoon.

Haura Emilia, a student in Jakarta, was asleep at the time, and dashed down 35 floors from her apartment with no time to get properly dressed.

"The walls and floor of my apartment cracked, windows on the top floor broke. People hurried out of the building," she said.

"I only wore a tee-shirt and my short pants. I was so embarrassed running around in those, but luckily many people were in the same state."

(For a graphic: graphics.thomsonreuters.com/RNGS/SEP/QUAKE.jpg)

(Reporting by Olivia Rondonuwu, Telly Nathalia, Fitri Wulandari, Muklis Ali, Tyagita Silka, Andreas Ismar, Karima Anjani, and Retno Palupi in JAKARTA, Heru Asprihanto and Pipit Prahoro in Pangalengan, and Rob Taylor in CANBERRA; Writing by Sara Webb; Editing by Bill Tarrant)




17 AUGUST 2009 Earthquake activity off Indonesia and Japan.see officers blog.

14TH AUGUST 2009.. Japan and Andanman islands minor earthquake readings.


TODAY IS 10TH AUGUST 2009: huge earthquakes occur.


Earthquakes shake Tokyo area, Indian Ocean
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Strong quake hits central Japan, with minor tsunami observed AFP/File – A quake reading on a seismograph. A major 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck central Japan early Tuesday, …

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press Writer Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press Writer – 16 mins ago

TOKYO – A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 hit Tokyo and nearby areas shortly after dawn Tuesday, halting trains and forcing two nuclear reactors to be shut down for safety checks.

There were no immediate reports of serious damages or injury, although a boy was reportedly hurt when a TV fell on his leg and three elderly people were hurt slightly when they were hit by falling objects or slipped and fell.

The U.S. Geological Survey said another, unrelated quake with a 7.6 magnitude hit the Indian Ocean about 160 miles (257 kilometers) north of Port Blair in India's Andaman Islands. A tsunami watch was called for India, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh. But the caution was lifted without any tsunami being recorded.

The Andaman Islands quake was reported to be 20.6 miles (33.15 kilometers) deep, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Japan's Meteorological Agency also issued a tsunami warning from the Japanese temblor early Tuesday, which centered off the Suruga Bay, southwest of Tokyo. The warning was also later lifted. The quake occurred at a depth of 12 miles (20 kilometers). Public broadcaster NHK said a small increase of waves of some 10 inches (30 centimeters) was observed along the coastline of Yaizu City.

Central Japan Railway Co. has suspended operations of Shinkansen bullet trains, while the central government set up a task force at the prime minister's office, Kyodo reported.

The quake rattled furniture and walls in Tokyo but there have been no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

Local trains and two reactors at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant were temporarily halted for safety checks. No damage was reported, however. Reactors are automatically shut down whenever a quake of a certain strength is registered.

Japan has recently been hit by heavy typhoon rains, and officials warned residents in mountainous areas to be cautious because the ground may be loose and landslides may be generated by the quake of aftershocks.

NHK also reported that two older people were hit by falling objects, and another tripped and fell and was slightly injured.

Kinichi Tashiro, an emergency official at the Yaizu city fire station, said officials were currently touring the coastal areas in the city to monitor the situation, but he has not received any reports of damage.

"I was in the bathroom just as the quake hit. It shook rather violently," Tashiro said in a televised interview with NHK. Tashiro said there was no damage to his home and observed no major problem in the neighborhood as he rushed to the office.

A magnitude 6.9 quake rattled the region Sunday, but caused no damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological Survey measured it at magnitude 7.1.

Japan is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and experts believe Tokyo has a 90 percent chance of being hit by a major quake over the next 50 years.

In 1995, a magnitude-7.2 quake in the western port city of Kobe killed 6,400 people.

15TH JULY 2009


7.6 2009/07/15 09:22:29 -45.750 166.577 12.0 OFF WEST COAST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, N.Z.

APRIL 15TH 2009

WRITTEN BY DR NOVIL

April 15th Earth Tremor – A Messenger of an Impending Disaster?

A minor Earth tremor occurred on the 15th April 2009, which was felt at several areas of Central, Eastern and Uva provinces in Sri Lanka. (1) The Community Tsunami Early-warning Centre (CTEC) in Peraliya received a number of inquiries from Hambantota, Matara and Galle Districts as well. (2)

It is interesting to note that on the evening of April 14th, 1615, (just a day prior to April 15th) a strong earthquake struck Sri Lanka unleashing widespread damage and casualties in western sections of the island, most notably in Colombo. It is thought that 200 houses collapsed. A part of the western city wall of the Colombo Fort collapsed destroyed. A bastion also collapsed and destroyed a neighboring house killing 4 persons. A stone bridge was also destroyed in the earthquake. Deep fissures opened in the earth. According to a historical text (reproduced below), flames and sulphur are said to have been emitted from these fissures. It is thought that 2000 persons were killed in and around Colombo as a result of this earthquake. If the description of the damage described in this text is to be believed, this earthquake would most likely have a maximum intensity (MMI) of VIII or perhaps even IX. (3)


Knowledge of this earthquake is derived from a 4 page pamphlet published in Lisbon in 1616, the contents of which were brought to light by late Fr. S.G. Pereira, SJ a pioneer historian, proficient in several languages, Prof. in Missionology Georgian University Rome, etc. (3)


The 15th April, 2009 earth tremor was not reported by the USGS earthquake notification service. (4) There was no Tsunami threat due to this event. This incident has been recorded by the Pallekele Seismic station, which is part of the Global Seismic network, a Geological Survey and mines bureau person stated, as a response to a a telephone inquiry. The magnitude of this quake is to be around Magnitude 4.
Sri Lanka is located in a considerably inactive zone , free of large earth quakes. Sri Lanka lies on a thick and old crustal block with no neo-tectonic activity. However, over the last few decades, our country felt minor earth tremors, one or two every year (5).
The source of these earth tremors could be three fold:
1. The active zone near the Zundra trench, which was responsible for the Indian ocean Tsunami – No significant earth quake activity was recorded around the 15th Of April 2009 event.
2. There is a seismically active zone from about three degrees south of Sri Lanka and extends four degrees down to the southern hemisphere. The dynamics of this region are under study. – Any activity in this region needs to be studied to determine the origin of the 15th November 2009 earth tremor.
3. Localized seismic activity –These are not generally picked up by regional or global networks. High seismic activity has been reported in Hambegamuwa area in past instances, which is a part of localized activity.


This earth tremor is an eye opener to the Disaster Risk Management professionals especially to the experts of Geology and Seismology at the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau of Sri Lanka, to determine the Earth Quake Risk of Sri Lanka. It is high time that Disaster Risk Management practices are incorporated into the routine development activities of the country. It is better to be prepared, as we have not, as a nation, forgotten the tragedy of Tsunami which would have been easily prevented.



APRIL 6TH 2009

Over 250 dead, 1,500 injured in central Italy quake. Tens of thousands homeless.


By MARTA FALCONI, Associated Press Writer – 9 mins ago
L'AQUILA, Italy – A powerful earthquake in mountainous central Italy knocked down whole blocks of buildings early Monday as residents slept, killing more than 250 people in the country's deadliest quake in nearly three decades. Tens of thousands were homeless and 1,500 were injured.
Ambulances screamed through the medieval city L'Aquila as firefighters with dogs and a crane worked feverishly to reach people trapped in fallen buildings, including a dormitory where half a dozen university students were believed still inside.
Outside the half-collapsed building, tearful young people huddled together, wrapped in blankets, some still in their slippers after being roused from sleep by the quake. Dozens managed to escape as the dorm walls fell around them but hours after the quake, a body of a male student was pulled from the rubble.
"We managed to come down with other students but we had to sneak through a hole in the stairs as the whole floor came down," said student Luigi Alfonsi, 22. "I was in bed — it was like it would never end as I heard pieces of the building collapse around me."
"There was water gushing out of broken water pipes, and the corridor which led to the stairs was partially blocked when a piece of the wall came down," Alfonsi, his eyes filling with tears and his hands trembling, told The Associated Press.
The quake has also taken a severe toll on the city's prized architectural heritage. L'Aquila was built as a mountain stronghold during the Middle Ages and has many prized Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance buildings.
Parts of many of the ancient churches and castles in and around the city have collapsed. Centuries-old churches in many isolated villages in the area are believed partly collapsed, and damage to ancient monuments has been reported as far as Rome.
L'Aquila, capital of the Abruzzo region, was near the epicenter about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of Rome. It is a quake-prone region that has had at least nine smaller jolts since the beginning of April. The quake struck at 3:32 a.m. The U.S. Geological Survey said the big quake was magnitude 6.3, but Italy's National Institute of Geophysics put it at 5.8 and more than a dozen aftershocks followed.
More than 93 people were killed and the death toll was likely to rise, civil protection chief Guido Bertolaso said as rescue crews clawed through the debris of fallen homes. Some 1,500 people were injured.
The quake hit 26 towns and cities around L'Aquila, which lies in a valley surrounded by the Apennine mountains. Castelnuovo, a hamlet of about 300 people 15 miles (25 kilometers) southeast of L'Aquila, appeared hard hit, and five were confirmed dead there. Another small town, Onno, was almost leveled.
"A few houses have remained standing, but just a few," Stefania Pezzopane, provincial president of L'Aquila, told Corriere della Sera. Rescue workers in Onna, population about 250, said the town was virtually deserted as survivors sought shelter elsewhere.
L'Aquila Mayor Massimo Cialente said about 100,000 people were homeless. It was not clear if the mayor's estimate included surrounding towns. Some 10,000 to 15,000 buildings were either damaged or destroyed, officials said.
Premier Silvio Berlusconi declared a state of emergency, freeing up federal funds to deal with the disaster, and canceled a visit to Russia so he could deal with the quake crisis.
Condolences poured in from around the world, including from President Barack Obama, Pope Benedict XVI and Abdullah Gul, president of quake-prone Turkey.
Slabs of walls, twisted steel supports, furniture and wire fences were strewn about the streets of L'Aquila, and gray dust carpeted sidewalks, cars and residents.
Residents and rescue workers hauled away debris from collapsed buildings by hand or in an assembly lines, passing buckets. Firefighters pulled a woman covered in dust from the debris of her four-story home. Rescue crews demanded quiet as they listened for signs of life from other people believed still trapped inside.
Elsewhere, a man dressed only in his underwear wept as he was pulled from the debris and embraced.
A body lay on the sidewalk, covered by a white sheet.
Parts of L'Aquila's main hospital were evacuated because they were at risk of collapse, and only two operating rooms were in use. Bloodied victims waited in hospital hallways or in the courtyard and many were being treated in the open. A field hospital was being set up.
In the dusty streets, as aftershocks rumbled through, residents hugged one another, prayed quietly or frantically tried to call relatives. Residents covered in dust pushed carts full of clothes and blankets that they had thrown together before fleeing their homes.
"We left as soon as we felt the first tremors," said Antonio D'Ostilio, 22, as he stood on a street in L'Aquila with a huge suitcase piled with clothes. "We woke up all of a sudden and we immediately ran downstairs in our pajamas."
Evacuees converged on an athletics field on the outskirts of L'Aquila where a makeshift tent camp was being set up. Civil protection officials distributed bread and water to people who lay on the grass next to heaps of their belongings.
"It's a catastrophe and an immense shock," said resident Renato Di Stefano, who was moving with his family to the camp as a precaution. "It's struck in the heart of the city, we will never forget the pain."
The Culture Ministry said a wall of the 13th century Santa Maria di Collemaggio church collapsed and the bell tower of the Renaissance San Bernadino church also fell. The 16th castle housing the Abruzzo National Museum was damaged.
This was Italy's deadliest quake since Nov. 23, 1980, when one measuring 6.9-magnitude hit southern regions, leveling villages and causing some 3,000 deaths.
Many modern structures in Italy over recent decades have failed to hold up to the rigors of quakes along Italy's mountainous spine, or in coastal cities like Naples. Despite warnings by geologists and architects, some of these buildings have not been retrofitted in terms of seismic safety.
Pezzopane, the provincial president, said residents may have been lulled into complacency because so many smaller quakes had jolted the area, including two or three earlier in the night.
"Considering what happened, a bit more concern, more attention might have saved lives," she said.
National officials insisted no quake can ever be predicted and that no evacuation could have been ordered on the basis of the recent jolts.
"There is no possibility of making any predictions on earthquakes. This is a fact in the world's scientific community," Civil protection chief Guido Bertolaso told reporters.
The last major quake to hit central Italy was a 5.4-magnitude temblor that struck the south-central Molise region on Oct. 31, 2002, killing 28 people, including 27 children who died when their school collapsed.



MARCH 28TH 2009

77 KILLED BY FLASH FLOODS IN JAKARTA INDONESIA TODAY

5.0 2009/03/27 20:53:25 -6.995 106.089 32.6 JAVA, INDONESIA


MARCH 19TH 2009. 7.9 earthquake off tonga today!!!!!!!


11TH FEB EARTHQUAKE IN INDONESIA _TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED::

Powerful earthquake hits Indonesia, 42 injured
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By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press Writer – 1 hr 11 mins ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia – A powerful earthquake off eastern Indonesia briefly triggered a tsunami warning Thursday, causing a stampede of residents to higher ground. Hundreds of building were damaged and at least 42 people were injured, some seriously.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.2-magnitude quake struck at 1:34 a.m. (1734 GMT; 2:34 p.m. Wednesday EST) and was followed by nearly a dozen aftershocks.
The temblor was centered approximately 195 miles (320 kilometers) from Manado, the northernmost city on Sulawesi island, and 12 miles (20 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor.
The Talaud island chain, in waters just south of the Philippines, felt the quake most intensely, said Rustam Pakaya, a government crisis center official, adding that the number of injuries and extent of damage was increasing steadily as rescue workers reached remote areas.
Hardest hit, so far, were the towns of Melonguane and Kabaruan.
Nearly 500 buildings were damaged, including several schools, hospitals and churches, he said. Of the 42 people receiving medical care, 10 suffered serious injuries.
The quake briefly triggered a tsunami warning — delivered over mobile loudspeakers and by radio and television. It was lifted about an hour later, however, after the threat of killer waves had passed.
"We were so afraid," said Damian Geruh, a Melonguane resident who described women screaming as they fled their homes. "We ran to nearby hill. I saw others climbing trees."
Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
In December 2004, a massive earthquake off the country's western island of Sumatra triggered a tsunami that battered much of the Indian Ocean coastline and killed more than 230,000 people — more than half of them in Indonesia's Aceh province alone. A tsunami off Java island in 2007 killed nearly 5,000.
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Associated Press Writer Irwan Firdaus contributed to this report from Jakarta.
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JANUARY 3RD 2009


Strong quake hits off Indonesia's West Papua province: USGS
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MANOKWARI, Indonesia (AFP) – A powerful 7.6-magnitude quake struck at sea off Indonesia's West Papua province early Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said, sending residents scurrying for high ground.
The quake, which hit at a shallow depth of 35 kilometres (22 miles), struck at 4:43 am (1943 GMT Saturday), about 150 kilometres northwest of Manokwari, the USGS said.
A tsunami alert was issued by the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) but was later withdrawn.
Distressed residents ran out of their homes as the quake rattled Manokwari, the seaside capital of the province, but there were no immediate reports of heavy damage or injuries, an AFP correspondent in the town said.
Thousands of residents including children and the elderly could be seen thronging the roads of the blacked-out town and heading away from the sea despite the tsunami warning being lifted.
Little damage could be seen initially in the town apart from cracked walls.
"The quake was quite strong and we felt it for about three minutes. The electricity blacked out after the quake so we haven't been able to check buildings for damage here yet," a policeman who identified himself as Ketut said.
"The police and military are working right now to help people get to higher ground due to the tsunami alert and the fact that we're on the coast," he said.
A smaller 5.1-magnitude quake also struck deep underground off Manokwari at 6:14 am as well as a 5.6-magnitude quake an hour earlier off the town of Labuanbajo on Flores island, the BMG said.
No tsunami alert was issued for either quake.
Indonesia, which sits at the meeting of continental plates, is frequently hit by earthquakes and tsunamis.
The deadly earthquake-triggered Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 killed at least 168,000 people in the country's Aceh province and Nias island.


JANUARY 1ST 2009
Happy New Year. This year will be a great year.



TODAY IS THE 26TH of DECEMBER 2008

Today is the 4th anniversary of the Asian tsunami disaster which stole so many of our loved ones. Our thoughts go out to everyone in Sri Lanka today. Let us come together in love and peace and be happy with all that we have. Times are hard but let us pull through and look at the bigger picture in keeping everyone safe.

Love Alison ( Co-founder CTEC)




DECEMBER 12TH 2008

RESEARCH NEWS
SCIENTISTS FORESEE GIANT EARTHQUAKES OFF SUMATRA.

by Christopher Joyce

Morning Edition, December 12, 2008 · Scientists who have been studying earthquakes in the eastern Indian Ocean say they've got new evidence that a huge earthquake could strike there in the next few decades, and perhaps create a giant tsunami.

In 2004, a magnitude 9.1 quake struck along the Sunda trench, a fault that runs parallel to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Within the next several hours, a tsunami swept across the Indian Ocean and killed some 225,000 people.

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology and in Indonesia have now figured out how to map the frequency of big quakes in this region — by measuring growth patterns in coral outgrowths called "micro-atolls." When seismic activity raises and lowers the seafloor, coral reefs are sometimes pushed up out of the water. When exposed to air, the coral top stops growing, but the sides keep growing outward. The result, says Caltech geologist Aron Meltzner, "looks kind of like a sombrero" a few yards across.

By measuring growth patterns in these micro-atolls, Meltzner and his colleagues discovered a cycle of earthquake activity.

"It's basically this pattern of a century or so of no earthquakes," he says, "and then a cluster of moderate earthquakes anywhere from a few decades to nearly a century long. And every time we have documented this, which is about four times now, it culminates with the granddaddy of them all: the big magnitude 8.8 to 9.0."

A region of the Sunda trench called the Mentawai fault is now getting restive. There was a big quake there last September. Meltzner and his colleagues suspect the September quake was the beginning of a quake cluster in a cycle that started in 1833 — one that is independent of the 2004 quake to the north. He thinks the cluster could culminate in a very large quake and perhaps a tsunami.

"It will probably happen in the lifetimes of children who are alive today," Meltzner says. He and his colleagues published their findings in this week's issue of the journal Science.

If a big one does hit again, Indonesia will be better prepared than it was in 2004. The government just inaugurated its own tsunami warning system, with help from several countries and the United Nations. Patricio Bernal, head of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission, says Indonesia now has numerous seismic and tsunami warning instruments in the Indian Ocean.

Bernal was in Indonesia recently when a medium-size quake hit. "They issued a warning overnight, and that warning did reach the population," he said. "So I am much more confident today that the system is slowly evolving to the point where they can be fully effective for warning the population."

The hard part, Bernal adds, will be staying vigilant over several decades.




NOVEMBER 28TH 2008

6.0 2008/11/28 08:50:48 -4.747 101.744 23.0 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA


TODAY IS 16TH NOVEMBER 2008

CTEC OFFICERS ARE ON ALERT:

7.5 Earthquake in Indonesia.
No Tsunami threat.

Earthquake Details
Magnitude
7.6
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• Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 17:02:31 UTC
• Monday, November 17, 2008 at 01:02:31 AM at epicenter
• Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Tsunami warning lifted after Indonesia quake
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JAKARTA, Indonesia – A powerful earthquake struck waters off eastern Indonesia early Monday, briefly generating tsunami warnings for coastlines within 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) of the epicenter.
Thousands of people in nearby coastal towns fled homes, hotels and hospitals in panic, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries.
The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 7.5 and said it struck 54 miles (135 kilometers) from the nearest city, Gorantalo, located on Sulawesi island. It was centered 13 miles (21 kilometers) beneath the sea and was followed by two strong aftershocks.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the temblor had the potential to generate a destructive tsunami along coasts within 600 miles (1,000 kilometers).
But even after local officials lifted the tsunami alert, frightened Sulawesi residents were refusing to return to their homes.
Gusnar, the deputy governor of Gorantalo province, told el-Shinta radio he had been in touch with district chiefs and there were "no reports of serious injuries or significant damage." Like many Indonesians, he goes by only one name.
Robert Bano, a Gorantalo resident, said the massive quake shook homes for more than two minutes and sent many people fleeing their homes, some, like him, with crying children.
Some guests streaming from Paradiso Hotel were so afraid they fainted, the official news agency Antara reported.
A witness in the city of Poso said patients from at least one hospital were evacuated.
Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
In December 2004, a massive earthquake off Indonesia's Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that battered much of the Indian Ocean coastline and killed more than 230,000 people — 131,000 of them in Indonesia's Aceh province alone.
A tsunami off Java island last year killed nearly 5,000.


Today is NOVEMBER 11TH 2008

5.0 2008/11/11 01:46:13 -4.189 102.155 67.4 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA

5.2 2008/11/10 08:58:41 -0.247 100.013 35.0 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA

Today is NOVEMBER 4TH THERE IS NO TSUNAMI SCARE PLEASE STAY IN YOUR HOMES: REPEAT NO TSUNAMI SCARE!!!

THERE IS NO OFFICIAL TSUNAMI SCARE:

THAT IS THE OFFICIAL WORD FROM THE MET DEPARTMENT!!!!!!

An Astrologist announced that there will be an earthquake yesterday over the national TV and the whole southern course was in panic, and people fled for their lives there were many injuries in the Galle area due to panic and hysteria. People understand that CTEC is helping them and over a thousand phone calls from worried Sri Lankans were recorded.


Sri Lanka::

* Tsunami threat in Southern Sri Lanka was a rumour, says official
Monday, November 3, 2008, 12:52 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Nov 03, Colombo: Rumors of a tsunami threat panicked the residents in the southern coastal area, especially in Galle this morning creating a tense situation for a few hours.

Sri Lankan Meteorology Department stressed that the tsunami threat in the southern part of the island was a rumour.

G.H.P Dharmarathna, Director General of the Meteorology Department said there were no reports on an earthquake around the Indian Ocean. "There is no reason to panic," he assured.


TODAY IS NOVEMBER 3RD

A 5.7 earthquake has been recorded but there is no threat of a tsunami.

5.7 2008/11/03 19:22:02 1.201 97.281 35.0 NIAS REGION, INDONESIA




Today there has been a deadly earthquake in Pakistan we pray for the hundreds who have died there.
6.4 2008/10/28 23:09:58 30.653 67.323 15.0 PAKISTAN






















TODAY IS SEPTEMBER 29TH 2008

Pakistan Earthquake Kills 150 People Near Quetta in Baluchistan
By Farhan Sharif and Khalid Qayum

Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) -- More than 150 people were killed in Pakistan when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck before dawn and destroyed as many as five villages near the southwestern city of Quetta, officials said.

About 200 people were injured in the quake, Mohammed Zaman, assistant to the chief secretary of Baluchistan province, Nasir Khosa, said.

The quake hit at 4:09 a.m. local time in a mountainous region about 60 kilometers (37 miles) north-northeast of Quetta at a depth of 15 kilometers, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter was about 185 kilometers southeast of the city of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.

``The death toll may rise because our ambulances are still coming in,'' Yousuf Jamali, a spokesman for the Edhi Foundation, Pakistan's largest amubulance service, said by phone from Quetta.

The army sent helicopters to the area to assess the damage and is deploying troops for rescue operations, military spokesman Colonel Baseer Haider said by telephone. Emergency supplies and tents are being sent, the National Disaster Management Authority said in a statement.

Four or five villages were destroyed near the town of Ziarat which is east-northeast of Quetta, Zafar Ullah, deputy director in the agriculture ministry in the provincial government and a resident of Ziarat, said by phone. At least 77 people died in those villages, he said.

In Pishin to the north of Quetta, five people were killed, police officials said.

Quetta, located about 1,500 kilometers southwest of Islamabad, is the capital of Baluchistan, the country's biggest province by area and smallest by population. The city was leveled in 1935 by a magnitude-7.6 quake that left about 30,000 people dead, according to the USGS Web site.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are located in a zone where the Eurasian, Arabian and Indo-Australian tectonic plates meet and rub together, sometimes producing earthquakes. More than 86,000 people were killed in northern Pakistan when a magnitude-7.6 quake hit in October 2005.

To contact the reporter on this story: Farhan Sharif in Karachi at fsharif2@bloomberg.net; Khalid Qayum in Islamabad at kqayum@bloomberg.net.

Last Updated: October 29, 2008 04:11 EDT



SEPT 11th 2008

We pay respects for those who died in the Sept 11th World Trade Center attacks.

SEPT 11th 2008

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 6.9
Date-Time

* Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 00:20:52 UTC
* Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 09:20:52 AM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 41.979°N, 143.625°E
Depth 35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program
Region HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
Distances 125 km (80 miles) SSW of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan
225 km (140 miles) SSE of Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
225 km (140 miles) ESE of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
775 km (485 miles) NNE of TOKYO, Japan
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 7.7 km (4.8 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST=184, Nph=184, Dmin=252.2 km, Rmss=1.21 sec, Gp= 61°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Source

* USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID us2008wvag



September 11, 2008 17:11:34 GMT M 5.5, Tarapaca, Chile -19.8000 -69.2500
September 11, 2008 04:01:02 GMT M 5.0, Hokkaido, Japan region 41.9868 143.8780
September 11, 2008 02:16:09 GMT M 5.2, southern Iran 26.9146 55.7537
September 11, 2008 01:08:11 GMT M 5.0, Hokkaido, Japan region 41.7474 143.9291
September 11, 2008 00:32:48 GMT M 5.4, Hokkaido, Japan region 41.7839 143.7897
September 11, 2008 00:20:52 GMT M 6.9, Hokkaido, Japan region 41.9792 143.6253
September 11, 2008 00:00:02 GMT M 6.6, Halmahera, Indonesia 1.8646 127.4385




30TH JUNE 2008

3 die when Kandy-Matara train derailed at Hikkaduwa


3 people were killed and many others were injured when express train from Kandy to Matara was derailed at Hikkaduwa Bridge.

Reports say several passengers fell into the river when three compartments were derailed on the bridge.

Karapitiya Hospital sources say seven passengers brought to the hospital are in critical condition. The guard of the train too is among the injured say reports reaching us.

The coastal train service has been interrupted due to the accident.


A Committee has been appointed to investigate into the incident.

This happened in between Seenigama and Hikkaduwa, just off the spot where the Train was toppled over by 2004 Tsunami.


TODAY IS 30TH JUNE 2008

6.7 2008/06/30 06:17:44 58.160 21.894 10.0 EAST OF THE SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS



TODAY IS 29TH JUNE 2008

THER ARE SIGNIFICANT EARTHQUAKES IN THE ANDAMAN ISLANDS TODAY: KEEP WATCH.

Strong quake shakes islands off India's coast
6.7 temblor causes panic on remote Andaman Islands; no damage reported

NEW DELHI, India - A 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck off India’s Andaman Islands on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, officials and police said.

The quake, which was centered some 75 miles southwest of the Andaman capital, Port Blair, caused panic among residents but no damage or injuries, said Ranjit Narayan, the director general of police in the Andamans.

The Indian Meteorological Department said the quake, which they described as moderate, struck at 5:40 p.m. (7:40 a.m. EDT) at a depth of 6 miles.


SEE OFFICERS LOG FOR CURRENT EARTHQUAKE STATUS:

29TH of June 2008

5.0 2008/06/29 00:32:11 11.041 91.756 6.8 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION

JUNE 28TH 2008

4.7 2008/06/28 17:17:00 10.854 91.897 28.5 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION

5.4 2008/06/28 15:29:15 10.971 92.078 35.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION

4.7 2008/06/28 14:30:11 10.841 91.877 35.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION

5.0 2008/06/28 13:57:04 10.733 91.697 10.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION

6.3 2008/06/28 12:54:50 10.821 91.762 35.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION


Today is 27TH of June


Significant Earthquakes in ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION

6.1 2008/06/27 13:07:11 10.914 91.786 30.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION

6.7 2008/06/27 11:40:17 11.031 91.906 35.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION


12TH APRIL HAPPY SINHALA NEW YEAR:

A QUIET HERO who goes by the name of SEAN PENN ( who is also an American actor) rescued CTEC today. We hadn't had a donation in 3 months and were close to closing when Sean heard of our distress and immediatly sent them a Western Union to save the day and make it a Happy New Year for everyone.
WE HONOR YOU AS OUR HERO OF THE MONTH. THANKYOU FOR YOUR KINDNESS SEAN.


6TH APRIL 2008 SHOCKING NEWS TODAY: SUICIDE BOMBER kills Hon. Sri Lankan Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle who was a good friend of CTEC and the Godfather to Peraliya village. Our deepest respect goes out to his wife and family. A very sad day today. Suicide bomber kills senior Sri Lanka minister at marathon Published: Sunday April 6, 2008 A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber killed Sri Lanka's highways minister as he opened a marathon Sunday in an attack that left 11 others dead and nearly 100 wounded, police and officials said. Senior minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, 55, was killed in the town of Weliveriya outside of the capital when the blast ripped through the large gathering at the event, police said. The minister had walked up to the starting line where more than 100 athletes had lined up and at the count down a huge blast shattered the occasion. "Ready, on your marks, steady...," the official had said over the public address system, moments before the huge explosion. "It was a suicide bombing of the Tigers," media minister Anura Yapa said. Fernandopulle, a vocal critic of the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels and a member of Sri Lanka's failed peace talks with the guerrillas, is the second government minister to be killed this year.

Television footage showed an explosion close to the minister, the Leader of the House in parliament and regarded as a potential prime minister, at the start of the marathon. "We suspect a suicide bomber pretending to be a marathon runner carried out the attack," a police officer at the scene told AFP, confirming that the minister was blown to pieces by the force of the blast. He had been opening elaborate celebrations marking the traditional New Year shared by both the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils on the troubled island. "I hope you will be able to successfully end these games...," the minister said just before the bomb claimed his life. Bloodied victims were rushed to hospital from the Kanthi Grounds. Among others killed was Sri Lanka's leading athletics coach Lakshman de Silva and several top local sportsmen. Fernandopulle was one of the most tightly-guarded politicians in the country, and was protected on Sunday by a ring of bodyguards from the elite police Special Task Force. Another senior politician's bodyguard was killed Sunday when his motorcycle collided with another vehicle while returning from the hospital to which most of the injured were rushed, police said. Nearly 100 people were wounded in the suicide bombing, they added. President Mahinda Rajapakse condemned the assassination as a "cowardly" act of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "While calling on the people to be calm and collected in the face of such extreme provocation by the forces of terror, I wish to reiterate that this dastardly act will not weaken our resolve to eradicate terrorism from our midst, and bring peace, harmony and democracy to all our people, which was also the constant and unqualified wish of Mr. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle," the president said in a statement. Nation building minister D.M. Dassanayake was killed in a roadside bomb attack in the same district earlier this year. A pro-rebel Tamil politician was also killed in a roadside bomb attack blamed on security forces this year. The government denied involvement, and blamed the Tiger rebels. The latest attack came as security forces remained locked in heavy combat with the Tamil Tigers in the north of the island where the defence ministry has been reporting a daily death toll among the guerrillas. Two policemen were wounded Sunday in a roadside mine explosion in the north, police said. Sri Lanka pulled out of a six-year-old Norwegian arranged truce with the Tigers in January, since when fighting has escalated. The guerrillas have been accused of setting off a string of bomb attacks in Colombo and other areas targeting civilians and political figures. The LTTE have been fighting for autonomy for ethnic minority Tamils in the Sinhalese-majority island's north and east since 1972, a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people.


21st MARCH 2008 CTEC Founders and Managing officers have just returned from an amazing trip to Hawaii where we formed major partnerships in the Tsunami effort. The Hawaiians are a very accepting, amazing, happy, caring community. We don't see that very often around the world. It must be something to do with what their ancestors have taught them. The highlight of our trip was meeting Ed Teixeira and Ray Lovell and everyone at the Oahu Civil defense department and also the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. They are a great bunch of caring men and women working hard to protect their people. More news of the trip and photos will be going up on the site in the next few days.

Great job men!!


STOP PRESS : DOUG KENNEDY has officially been made into an Honorary CTEC board member for all his great efforts towards CTEC. Thankyou New Hope Church for Sponsoring the trip and believing in us.


STOP PRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!************* EXCITING NEWS:!!!!!!!!!********* 26th FEb 2008: CTEC OFFICERS VISAS WERE APPROVED BY US IMMIGRATION.
THEY WILL BE HEADING TO HAWAII ON MARCH 14TH TO MEET WITH HAWAIIAN TSUNAMI EARLY WARNING CENTER OFFICERS. NEW HOPE CHURCH OF HAWAII WILL BE SPONSORING THE EVENT.

THANKYOU DOUG KENNEDY WHO MADE SEVERAL CALLS ON OUR BEHALF!!! WE LOVE YOU. IT HAD BEEN THREE LONG YEARS IN THE ORGANIZING. WELL DONE MEN!!!!!!! NEVER NEVER GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


MARCH 3rd 6.0 reading in SUMATRA, INDONESIA. FEBRURAY 25th 2008 *****Today was a very busy day at CTEC there were 7 earthquakes above 5.5 magnitute today in Indonesia with one recording at 7.2 and 6.7. The area is dangerous and the pressure is growing.
A TSUNAMI WARNING WAS ISSUED and people were led to safety.

It comes the day before our 2 ctec officers are going for their 2nd attempt at getting visas through USA immigration for a trip to the big Hawaiian Tsunami center to train for 6 days. During the first visa interviews they were questioned for 5 hours and were treated like terrorists. These men are heroes.
If they are denied visas tomorrow it will be a real error.

These earthquakes are growing everyday and we need to be prepared.

FEBRUARY 25TH 2008: 8 Earthquakes rock Sumatra. TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED. Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Strikes Indonesia's Sumatra (Update2) By Karima Anjani Feb. 25 (Bloomberg) -- A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck near the Indonesian island of Sumatra at 3:36 p.m. local time with no immediate reports of damage or casualties, the country's Meteorology and Geophysics Office said. A second temblor struck the same region 10 hours later measuring 6.7 magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no immediate reports of damage.

The larger quake hit an area 165 kilometers (102 miles) southwest of Muko-muko, in Bengkulu province, at a depth of 10 kilometers, the Indonesian agency said in a text message. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at 7.0, revising from 7.3 earlier. The quake had a depth of 35 kilometers. No casualties have been reported, an official said. An earlier tsunami warning was lifted, the Indonesian office said. The temblor sparked panic in Bengkulu and the west of Sumatra, sending people into the streets, Jakarta-based ElShinta radio reported. Tremors also rocked buildings in downtown Singapore, located 365 miles from the epicenter.

There have been hundreds of earthquakes in Indonesia since a 9.1 quake in 2004 caused a tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean, devastating coastlines and leaving more than 220,000 people dead or missing in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and other countries. The Indonesian archipelago lies in a region where tectonic plates are constantly shifting. The 6.7 quake struck 164 kilometers southwest of Padang, Sumatra, at 1:06 a.m. local time Tuesday, at a depth of 35 kilometers, the USGS said. There were no casualties so far from today's earthquake, Rustam S. Pakaya, head of crisis management at Indonesia's Health Ministry, said in a text message. Authorities will continue to monitor developments on damages and casualties.

A magnitude 7.5 quake hit the west of Sumatra on Feb. 20, killing at least three people. To contact the reporter on this story: Karima Anjani in Jakarta at kanjani@bloomberg.net FEBRUARY 20th 2008

A 7.6 earthquake has hit the same area in Sumatra as the 2004 tsunami. It is being reported on CNN all day.

NEWS ARTICLE: Strong quake hits Indonesia, tsunami warning issued February 20, 2008 15:07 IST Last Updated: February 20, 2008 17:46 IST Japan's [Images] meteorological agency has issued a tsunami warning following a powerful quake off western Indonesia. Three people were killed and 35 injured in the quake, measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale, which struck Indonesia's Sumatra island on Wednesday afternoon. The undersea quake struck at 3:08 pm local time, some 312 kilometres west-southwest of the North Sumatra capital Medan, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake was followed by an aftershock measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale. However, authorities said that there was no possibility of a 'destructive tsunami'. The tsunami might be a local one and it would affect areas within a 100-kilometre radius of the epicenter, they said.
The quake triggered panic among locals, most of whom ran out of their buildings, said news agencies. A massive quake, measuring 9 on the Richter scale, struck off Sumatra's coast in 2004, triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Indonesia. Tsunami warning cancelled after quake strikes western Indonesia Last Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 | 8:10 AM ET CBC News Officials have cancelled a tsunami warning after a powerful earthquake rocked the coast of western Indonesia Wednesday morning, killing three people.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, which struck under the island of Simeulue off the western coast of Sumatra island, had a 7.6 magnitude. At least 25 others were seriously injured in the quake, which damaged "many" buldings, said Rustam Pakaya, the head of the Indonesian Health Ministry's disaster centre. Earlier, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said parts of the Sumatran coast closest to the epicentre and India's Andaman and Nicobar island chain were at risk of a possible tsunami. But two hours later, it said sea gauges had not detected any large waves. Indonesia is located on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. The fault that ruptured Wednesday off the coast of Sumatra is the same where a magnitude-9 quake in 2004 triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them on Sumatra.

ANOTHER ARTICLE Three killed in quake; tsunami warning issued From the Associated Press 3:47 AM PST, February 20, 2008 JAKARTA, INDONESIA -- A powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia on Wednesday, killing at least three people, injuring 25 others, and damaging several buildings, officials said. No tsunami was detected. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.6 and struck under the island of Simeulue off the western coast of Sumatra -- the region worst hit in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Minutes after the quake hit, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a bulletin saying parts of the Sumatran coast closest to the epicenter were at risk of a possible tsunami.
However, it canceled the alert two hours later, saying sea gauges had not detected any large waves. Rustam Pakaya, the head of the Indonesian Health Ministry's disaster center, said "many" buildings on Simeulue were damaged and three people were killed. He said at least 25 others were seriously injured. The quake was felt across much of western and northern Sumatra island, witnesses said. Many people fled their homes. "Everything shook very strongly for more than a minute, and I ran along with the others. I heard people screaming in panic," said Aceh resident Ahmad Yushadi. Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago with a population of 235 million people, is prone to seismic upheaval because of its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. The fault that ruptured Wednesday off the coast of Sumatra is particularly deadly.
A magnitude-9 quake there in 2004 triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen countries, most of them on Sumatra. Three months later, an 8.7 quake farther down the fault killed 1,000 on the islands of Nias and Simeulue.

JANUARY 2008 BIG SAD NEWS: The US Govt has denied immigration visas for our Sri Lankan CTEC manager and co-founder to go and meet with the NOAA Hawaiian tsunami center for FURTHER tsunami learning and instruction to protect their country.

26TH DECEMBER 2007 THIRD YEAR TSUNAMI ANNIVERSARY. Today we remember the people who were stolen by the tsunami on that morning of December 26th 2004. We will never forget them or forget our bursting pain by their loss.
As each year passes the pain still remains with us. We will always have their memory in a special place in our hearts where we can always visit them and still be able to move forward with our lives. We look to a safer future and walk proud in growing CTEC to all coastal areas.
Let us bow our heads in prayer... in remembrance.

NOV 10th 2007: A NOTE FROM ALISON ( CTEC FOUNDER) Running the tsunami center has been a full time job for the past three years. We are on target and are growing along the coast into new villages. In the past few months we have had 50 earthquakes over 5.1 magnitude in the same area as the 2004 Asian Tsunami. The area is volatile and we push forward to defend this country from an even larger tragedy. Although we do not get a lot of help, we will not go quietly into the night.
We are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year. We believe CTEC will one day help save hundreds of thousands of lives.

Great News: New Hope Church Hawaii are sponsoring two of our main CTEC managers to come to Hawaii for a week of diasaster management training, discussions and fundraising. They will be visiting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), operated by NOAA in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, USA, which is one of two tsunami warning centers in the United States.
PTWC is part of an international tsunami warning system (TWS) program and serves as the operational center for TWS of the Pacific issuing bulletins and warnings to participating members and other nations in the Pacific Ocean area of responsibility .
It is also the regional (local) warning center for the State of Hawai'i. The other tsunami warning center is the West Coast/Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (WC/ATWC) in Palmer, Alaska, serving all costal regions of Canada and the United States except Hawai'i. PTWC was established in 1949, following the 1946 Aleutian Island earthquake and a tsunami that resulted in 165 casualties in Hawaii and Alaska.
I can't wait to see the smiles on their faces as they walk into the mothership and trade tsunami center shirts!!

Thankyou Doug Kennedy and the New Hope Church of Hawaii. This is a dream come true for all of us!

OCTOBER 26TH Indonesia's big one 'on its way' Story Highlights Experts: 3 major quakes in past week increase chance of major disaster On the equator, Sumatra holds the deadliest stretch of ocean in the world Driven by the plate beneath the Indian Ocean, the entire coastline is flexing Next Article in World » PADANG, Indonesia (CNN) --

An international team of earthquake specialists says Indonesia faces another potential "giant" quake in the near future. The scientists, including a team from the California Institute of Technology, says three major quakes in the last week have increased the likelihood of a major disaster.
CNN traveled to the earthquake zone with a scientist who deliberately puts himself in the path of the world's most powerful quakes. Smack on the equator, Indonesia's Sumatra island holds the deadliest stretch of ocean in the world. "You'd see a strip 30 meters high, stripped down to bedrock," says John Galetzka, a former U.S. Army ranger who is now adventuring on another frontline as an earthquake geologist.
He is investigating the fault line that sparked the 2004 tsunami and, in recent days, three more powerful quakes. Last Friday, Galetzka shot video footage of the shaking beach, with startled locals scrambling upshore. His thoughts turned immediately to the tsunami danger, and his command ship offshore. Just moments later he caught the panic near the beach, as he saw families evacuating to the hills about 200 meters behind their village. The day before, another big quake struck -- larger, but further away.

Galetzka recalls the long slow waves and a shivering water bottle. For the American geologist, this is where theory meets reality. "I just felt like the luckiest man alive to feel two strong events," he says. "You can almost hear the excitement in my voice -- oh my gosh, this is it, this is it ..." Galetzka is now examining the evidence that his team believes indicates the arrival another giant earthquake, and possible tsunami. He has established a network of position-markers, linked by satellite, that show a constant creep, northeast, among the islands on Indonesia's Indian Ocean frontier. The first one was placed in August 2002.
The 30 measuring stations along Sumatra's western coast tell an ominous tale. Driven by the plate beneath the Indian Ocean, the entire coastline is flexing, as the earth literally bends. The pressures are already enormous, and at some point probably soon, they will become intolerable. The implications are terrifying. "Eventually it has got to release in (the form) of giant earthquake," states Galetzka matter-of-factly. It could be a rare magnitude-9 quake, and with the plates so tightly sprung, it will happen sooner, he believes, rather than later. Knowing what he knows, does he worry about the people living along this coast? "I absolutely do," he replies. "I tell them to be prepared. Whenever I am in Padang I think about my escape routes, almost every moment." As he criss-crosses around the islands, searching for data, Galetzka says his aim is to save lives. But he, more than anyone, knows the risks -- that one day he'll confront a giant wave, a tsunami powerful enough to swallow islands. The geologist's voice quivers as he imagines "the big one." "If we saw it, we'd just head right into it. I'd shake your hand and say, good luck!" All About U.S. Geological Survey • Sumatra • Indonesia

SEPTEMBER 2007: A NOTE FROM ALISON. ( CTEC Founder) CTEC AND THE PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA WOULD LOVE TO DEEPLY THANK AND HONOR THOMAS POARCH OF NEW YORK WHO HAS MADE A KIND DONATION TO HELP KEEP THE CENTER RUNNING FOR A FEW MONTHS.

Thomas is an amazing caring person who is not a rich man himself but believes in opening the channel of love in giving. CTEC is the only tsunami center in Sri Lanka and is funded by poor volunteers who really believe in caring and protecting the people. This donation came at a time when it was just becoming too hard to keep this place alive by myself but i will not give up no matter how hard the journey! Faith and unconditional love is the secret to everything!.

We are now is our third year and CTEC is growing in community points throughout the whole coast daily. The 'Ring of Fire' earthquake region is still very active ( 52 Earthquakes of over 5.1 magnitude in the past few weeks). On Sept 12th 2007 (a few weeks ago) a ten foot tsunami was generated in Sumatra wiping out thousands of homes. CTEC plays a very important part in the tsunami disaster preparedness response.
We still need more help to take us through to the end of this year so if anyone would like to help please contact us. kindly Alison:)


Indonesian Volcano Erupts, No Damage Caused By Trish Anderton Jakarta 25 October 2007 Anderton report (MP3) - Download 381k Listen to Anderton report (MP3) A volcano on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has erupted, spewing a column of smoke and ash high into the air. But, officials say the activity at Mount Soputan does not present a threat to people living nearby. Meanwhile, villagers near Mount Kelud on Java island remain on alert for an eruption there. Trish Anderton reports from Jakarta.
All eyes have been on Java's Mount Kelud for the past two weeks, but it was Mount Soputan on the northern tip of Sulawesi that blew its top instead. Authorities say the volcano shot ash a thousand meters into the air, but no lava flowed from the mountain. Authorities say they are not planning to order an evacuation. Agus Budianto of Indonesia's Centre for Vulcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation says his agency is advising people to avoid breathing the ash directly. "I think it is not so dangerous right now but we recommend for the population to use a mask, if possible," he said. The nearest village to Soputan is a relatively distant 11 kilometers from the peak. Some of Java's most dangerous volcanoes, including Mount Kelud, have populations much closer to their craters. Budianto says scientists are continuing to monitor Soputan, but they do not expect a larger eruption. "If the volcanic tremors happen continuously perhaps the eruption will occur," he said. "But there are no indications for that." Meanwhile, authorities are keeping a close watch on Kelud, where a high alert has been in effect for several days. Local authorities have ordered more than 100,000 people evacuated from a 10-kilometer radius of the crater.
But some residents are defying the order, saying they cannot leave their homes and farms unattended. About 5,000 people were killed when the volcano erupted in 1919. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are common in Indonesia, which is located in a geologically active area known as the Pacific Ring of Fire.


OCTOBER 23RD 2007 The epicenter for the 6.2-magnitude quake was about 90 miles (145 km) west-southwest Bengkulu and struck around 10:44 a.m. (11:44 p.m. ET Monday.) There was no sign of large waves on beaches and authorities lifted the alert an hour later. A series of powerful earthquakes in the same region last month killed 23 people and damaged or destroyed thousands of buildings. There were no immediate reports of deaths, injuries or damage from Tuesday's temblor. Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. A massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami on December 26, 2004, killed more than 131,000 people in Indonesia's Aceh province and left a half-million homeless.

SEPT 12TH 2007 :POWERFUL EARTHQUAKES TERRORIZE INDONESIA, EXPERTS WARN OF THE BIG ONE Indonesia's quake toll rose to 23 Indonesian quake toll at 23, more than 15000 buildings damaged AFP - 9 hours ago Death Toll Rises from Indonesia Quake, Aftershocks PADANG, Indonesia (AP) — Days of colossal earthquakes and tsunami warnings have forced traumatized Indonesian villagers to seek safety in the last place imaginable: graveyards. With only plastic sheeting to keep her family dry, Dasima joined hundreds camping in the mud between headstones on the flat, high ground, far from the ocean's reach. "I am very afraid of another tsunami," the 50-year-old said two days after an 8.4-magnitude temblor sent a towering wave into her remote fishing village. "We will stay here until we feel it is safe." Seismologists warn, however, the worst may be yet to come. Kerry Sieh of the California Institute of Technology has spent decades studying the fault line that runs along Indonesia's western coast. He is among several experts predicting a repeat of the powerful earthquake that triggered the 2004 Asian tsunami, which killed more than 230,000 people in a dozen Indian Ocean countries. "No one can say whether it will be in 30 seconds or 30 years," he said. "But what happened the other day, I think is quite possibly a sequence of smaller earthquakes leading up to the bigger one." Wednesday's quake shook four Southeast Asian countries, damaged hundreds of houses and spawned a three-metre-high tsunami.

At least 13 people were killed. A series of powerful earthquakes and dozens of strong aftershocks followed, including ones Thursday measuring 7.8 and another 7.1. There was a 6.4 quake on Friday. The wall of water that slammed into several fishing villages along Sumatra island's coast Wednesday swept away nearly a dozen houses, but overall damage was "minimal," Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said after an air force aerial survey.
A nine-member UN assessment team reached the same conclusion after visiting the area, saying that a major international relief operation was not required, John Holmes, the UN's emergency relief co-ordinator, said in a statement from New York. Many people said a public awareness campaign launched after the 2004 tsunami paid off, including warnings issued over mosque speakers and training provided by local officials on how to escape a disaster. "When the earth started shaking, some people yelled, 'It's time to go up the hill ... Let's get going,"' said Fadil, 35, a father of two, describing how he and hundreds of neighbours watched from above as the three-metre wave approached. Hundreds of houses were damaged, but no one died. Elsewhere, however, electricity blackouts prevented some sirens from going off. The latest quakes, together with the 9.0-magnitude temblor in 2004 and an 8.7 quake in early 2005, deeply concern experts. The fault, which runs the length of the west coast of Sumatra about 200 kilometres offshore, is the meeting point of the Eurasian and Pacific tectonic plates, which have been pushing against each other for millions of years, causing huge stresses to build up. "There is a strong indication this foreshadows the big one," said Danny Hillman, an earthquake specialist at the Indonesian Institute of Science. "We all agree there is an 8.5 or stronger earthquake waiting to happen." That's exactly what residents along Sumatra's western coast, which is expected to bear the brunt of the next disaster, are worried about. The island was hardest hit by the 2004 tsunami, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the deaths. In the fishing village of Sungai Pisang, just south of the badly damaged city of Padang, hundreds of people were too scared to return home after the recent tremors sent a large wave washing into their bay. Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, with a population of 235 million people, is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

DISCUSSION ON RECENT SEPT 12TH 2007 8.4 SUMATRA EARTHQUAKE: The magnitude 8.4 and 7.8 southern Sumatra earthquakes of September 12, 2007 occurred as the result of thrust faulting on the boundary between the Australia and Sunda plates. At the location of these earthquakes, the Australia plate moves northeast with respect to the Sunda plate at a velocity of about 60 mm/year. The direction of relative plate motion is oblique to the orientation of the plate boundary offshore of the west coast of Sumatra. The component of plate-motion perpendicular to the boundary is accommodated by thrust faulting on the offshore plate-boundary. Much of the component of plate motion parallel to the plate boundary is accommodated by strike-skip faulting on the Sumatra fault, which is inland on Sumatra proper. The magnitude 8.4 earthquake of September 12, 2007 is the fourth earthquake of magnitude greater than 7.9 to have occurred in the past decade on or near the plate boundaries offshore of western Sumatra. This earthquake occurred just north of the source region of the magnitude 7.9 earthquake on June 4, 2000. The September 12, 2007 magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred about 225 km northwest of the magnitude 8.4 earthquake at the northern end of the aftershock zone. These two earthquakes and their aftershocks overlay the southern portion of the estimated 1833 rupture zone, which extends from approximately Eggano Island to the northern portion of Siberut Island. The great magnitude 9.1 earthquake of December 26, 2004, which produced the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of that date, ruptured much of the boundary separating the India plate and the Burma plate. Immediately to the south of the great 2004 earthquake, the magnitude 8.6 Nias Island earthquake of March 28, 2005, ruptured a segment of the plate boundary separating the Australia and Sunda plates. Since the December 26, 2004 earthquake, much of the Sunda trench between the northern Andaman Islands to Eggano Island, a distance of more than 2,000 km, has ruptured in a series of large subduction zone earthquakes.

RELIEF EFFORTS BEGIN IN INDONESIAN QUAKE ZONE. By Nancy-Amelia Collins Jakarta 13 September 2007 Relief efforts are underway on Indonesia's Sumatra Island after the country was hit by four powerful earthquakes and a succession of large aftershocks in less than 24 hours. The tremors toppled buildings, killed several people and injured dozens more. VOA's Nancy-Amelia Collins in Jakarta has more. A local girl at her house destroyed by earthquake in Bengkulu, Sumatra island, 13 Sep 2007 Government and international emergency teams headed to Sumatra to survey the earthquake damage and help those in need. Officials say dozens have been injured, several people killed, and many buildings have been destroyed. Sutrisno, the head of Indonesia's National Disaster Coordinating Agency, says representatives of various government ministries are already on the scene. "They will have a meeting with the vice governor there and they are going to make also a rapid, very rapid assessment regarding a needs assessment and damage assessment ... But meanwhile, we are also in here still collecting the food for the relief assistance, like food and medicine, and we will send there by special aircraft, by Hercules," said Sutrisno. Sumatra has been jolted by four powerful earthquakes since late Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey says the first was centered about 105 kilometers southwest of Bengkulu, a major city on Sumatra's southwestern coast.
At a magnitude of 8.4, it was the most powerful earthquake to strike anywhere in the world this year. Two more quakes followed early Thursday - the first of 7.9 magnitude, and a second several hours later measured 7.1. There have also been more than 20 sizable aftershocks, all situated along the coastline between Bengkulu and the city of Padang. A fourth serious quake struck late Thursday north of Indonesia's Sulawesi Island, far to the east of Sumatra. Indonesia issued five separate tsunami warnings during the period, and two small tsunamis were reported, but neither caused any serious damage or injury. An Indonesian official said that despite the number and severity of the tremors, injuries have been far fewer than feared. Country Director Craig Redmond, of Mercy Corps, an international relief organization, says aid teams have reported considerable physical destruction. "Lots of houses destroyed, [there are] needs for shelter, things like that," he said. "Right now they are up there seeing where we can add value and how we can coordinate with local officials."
The 9.1 magnitude quake that devastated Indonesia's Aceh province in December 2004 and triggered the Indian Ocean tsunami occurred not far north of the latest tremors off Sumatra's west coast. The U.S. Geological Service reports that more than 283,000 people in a dozen countries were killed in that disaster. More than half of the victims died in Aceh. Indonesia's presidential spokesman, Andi Mallerangeng, says these disasters have made the nation stronger. "We know that we are living in the ring of fire with all different kinds of natural phenomenon... But I think we are a strong nation, every time we are getting stronger. We deal with the situation," he said. Indonesia lies on the "Pacific Ring of Fire", a geologically active area that is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Indonesian quake toll at 23, more than 15,000 buildings damaged 9 hours ago MUKOMUKO, Indonesia (AFP) — The death toll from a series of major earthquakes striking Indonesia's Sumatra rose to 23 on Saturday, while officials tallied more than 15,000 collapsed or damaged buildings. An initial 8.4-magnitude quake struck at dusk off Sumatra's west coast on Wednesday and was followed by a series of powerful aftershocks, jolting the coastal provinces of Bengkulu and West Sumatra most severely. Rustam Pakaya from the health ministry's crisis centre told AFP the toll had risen to 23, with 88 wounded.

Rescue teams have been continuing their hunt for victims feared trapped under thousands of buildings toppled by the quakes, and many traumatised survivors have been too petrified to return to their homes. In Bengkulu, nearly 2,000 houses were totally flattened and nearly 4,000 others badly damaged, said Bowo Santoso from the governor's disaster rescue centre. About 90 local hospitals and clinics were also damaged, he added. In West Sumatra, more than 9,700 houses collapsed or were too badly damaged to be inhabitable, said Suryadi from the disaster rescue centre there. More than 100 mosques and about 20 school buildings were also damaged, he said. Aid has been flowing to many of the affected areas, though some survivors had still not seen any of it. Hercules transport planes were to try to drop aid on several islands in the Mentawai group off Sumatra, which were badly hit by the quake and a small tsunami, said an official in the city of Padang. Frans Karel, an official on Pagai Utara island in the group, said no aid had yet been received and many frightened villagers were sheltering in the hills. "We haven't yet received aid. All the kiosks have collapsed and their food stocks are wet," he told AFP by telephone. "Almost 75 percent of houses on the coastline along a 10-kilometre (six-mile) stretch are badly damaged and collapsed." In the city of Mukomuko, about 260 kilometres north of Bengkulu, residents were desperate for help. "We have no rice, we have clothes, we have no kerosene. We want to buy supplies, but there is no one to sell them to us," 50-year-old resident Muslimar told AFP. The scale of the damage, considering the initial quake's size and subsequent shocks, has been much lower than initially feared. The UN has said no international aid effort would be required to help with recovery efforts.

Death Toll Rises from Indonesia Quake, Aftershocks By VOA News 15 September 2007 Indonesian authorities say the death toll has risen to 21 from a series of strong earthquakes and aftershocks that have hit the western island of Sumatra this week. Authorities announced the new death toll Saturday, as rescue workers tended to quake survivors. The health ministry now says at least 88 people have been injured. Seismologists say Indonesia has been hit by at least 40 big aftershocks after an initial eight-point-four magnitude earthquake struck Wednesday. Thousands of people are still sleeping outdoors for fear of falling debris. The quakes damaged hundreds of houses, leaving many people homeless. Despite the destruction, a U.N. assessment team says there is no need for a major international relief effort. The team visited Bengkulu, an area near the epicenter of the quake on Thursday. The Indonesian archipelago is prone to seismic activity because of its location on an arc of volcanos and fault lines circling the Pacific Basin. In December 2004, a tsunami triggered by an underwater earthquake killed an estimated 230,000 people near Indian Ocean coastlines, including more than 160,000 people in Indonesia's Aceh province.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS ORIGIN TIME - 0602Z 14 SEP 2007 COORDINATES - 4.2 SOUTH 101.3 EAST LOCATION - SOUTHERN SUMATRA INDONESIA MAGNITUDE - 6.5 SEPT 14th: 5.2 2007/09/14 03:07:14 -3.010 101.083 39.2 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA 5.0 2007/09/14 01:31:57 -3.757 100.759 27.5 KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA 5.5 2007/09/14 01:02:07 -3.696 101.845 35.0 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA Sept 13th TSUNAMI WARNING /ADVISORY ISSUED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY-

SRI LANKA WITHDRAWAL of TSUNAMI ADVISORY WARNING ISSUED ON 13TH SEPT 2007 at 0610 HOURS has been WITHDRAWN AT 0900 hours 13/09/07 NEW: Quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 struck late Thursday 6.2 2007/09/13 16:09:10 -3.247 101.439 3.3 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA 6.2 2007/09/13 09:48:44 3.794 126.411 21.1 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA 7.0 2007/09/13 03:35:27 -2.160 99.581 10.0 KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA 7.9 2007/09/12 23:49:04 -2.506 100.906 30.0 KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA 5.1 2007/09/12 23:19:44 -4.082 100.907 10.0 SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA 5.3 2007/09/12 17:04:33 -7.598 126.085 307.3 KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA 5.9 2007/09/12 16:37:02 -3.142 101.377 21.2 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA 5.2 2007/09/12 15:35:09 -4.262 101.008 35.0 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA 6.0 2007/09/12 14:40:03 -3.227 101.361 18.8

SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA SEPT 13TH 2007 : 0600 HOURS TSUNAMI WARNING ALERT FROM METEOROLOGY DEPARTMENT!: MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND NOW! JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 struck late Thursday off the western coast of Sumatra, the same area shaken by a major 8.4-magnitude temblor that killed nine people Wednesday. A woman salvages items from her newly built house at Air Besi in North Bengkulu Thursday. The region has been wracked by quakes and aftershocks for the past two days. The most recent quake struck at 11:09 p.m. (12:09 p.m. ET), 110 kilometers (65 miles) west-northwest of Sumatra's Bengkulu province at a depth of only 3 km (2 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Indonesian government issued, then canceled, a tsunami alert. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. A quake with the same magnitude struck the region several hours earlier, at 5:48 p.m. (6:48 a.m. ET). The temblor vibrated under the Celebes Sea at a depth of about 21 km (13 miles). It was centered about 290 km (180 miles) northeast of Bitung, a city on the northern coast of Sulawesi, and the same distance south-southeast of General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines. Wednesday's quake generated a series of aftershocks, including two major ones early Thursday measuring 7.8 and 8.1, said David Applegate, senior science adviser at the U.S. Geological Survey. "It's been an incredible number of years for Indonesia and particularly for Sumatra" in terms of earthquakes, Applegate said on CNN's "American Morning" on Thursday. "What we have here is a subduction zone, where one of the Earth's plates is moving down beneath the other," he said. "In this case, the Indian Ocean and the Australian Plate are moving beneath the Eurasian Plate. "In this kind of a situation you're going to get earthquakes as the strain builds up, but what we're seeing now is almost every segment of this plate has ruptured just in the last several years," Applegate said. "In each case, it relieves pressure in one area but then that increases the pressure somewhere else. And so, for example, what we saw yesterday was the magnitude 8.4 quake ruptured to the north along this boundary. This 7.8 was at the northern end of that." In the past 24 hours the region has been rocked by heavy seismic activity -- with a total of at least 60 tremors rattling the country, according to Indonesia's Social Welfare Minister Aburizal Bakrie. The seismic shakedown began Wednesday night with a deadly 8.4-magnitude quake -- centered in southern Sumatra, which is west northwest of Jakarta. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Thursday morning at about 6:45 a.m. (7:45 p.m. Wednesday ET), USGS said. The epicenter was about 185 km south-southeast of Padang and about 200 km northwest of Bengkulu.
About four hours later, the USGS reported that a 7.1-magnitude quake had rocked the region. Sandwiched in-between were half a dozen temblors measuring 5.0 and above. At least 10 aftershocks of magnitude 5.1 to 6.0 were felt in the region after the larger quake, which shook buildings hundreds of miles away, killed at least nine people and generated a small tsunami about 60 cm high along the Sumatran coast. "Our main concern is the people," Bakrie said from Padang. "The victims are not as dire as we thought and everything has been taken care of." People in the Indian Ocean region have been extremely skittish about the possibility of earthquake-induced tsunamis since December 2004, when gigantic waves triggered by a 9.1-magnitude quake that killed more than 200,000 people in seven countries.

Wednesday evening's quake killed at least nine people in Bengkulu province and Padang, and an unknown number were injured or missing, according to officials. Search-and-rescue operations, suspended overnight, resumed at daylight Thursday, which also marked the start of the holy month of Ramadan in the mostly Muslim country. The relatively light loss of life can be attributed to national and provincial governments being battle-tested by a string of powerful earthquakes over the last three years, Bakrie said. "The people understand more about the problems and the danger of the earthquakes," according to Bakrie. "The central government as well as the district government, at the provincial level, has warned the people ... so the system works." The powerful quake shook buildings about 385 miles away in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, and also in Singapore, about 435 miles from the epicenter. "Doors started to creak, and the whole apartment seemed to ... make a cracking noise," said Rahayu Saraswati, who lives on the 35th floor of a building in Jakarta. "We ran out to the emergency staircase with other residents of the floor and ran all the way down to the lobby." Bakrie said thousands of homes have been damaged in Sumatra. Indonesia, a chain of islands in a seismically active area, is highly prone to earthquakes.

Since the devastating tsunami of December 2004, Indonesia has fallen victim to 15 earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.3 or higher, according to the USGS.
The quakes have killed almost 8,000 people, with the bulk of the deaths coming last summer. The deadliest quake last summer came on May 26, 2006, when a magnitude-6.3 quake 16 km south-southeast of Yogyakarta left 5,749 dead.

On July 17, 2006, a magnitude-7.7 temblor hit 145 miles south-southwest of Tasikmalaya, in Indonesia's Java region. The quake killed 730 people.

Another devastating quake on March 28, 2005 -- a magnitude-8.7 about 201 km west-northwest of Sibolga -- killed 1,313 people.

TSUNAMI WARNING ISSUED SEPT 12th 8.4 2007/09/12 11:10:26 -4.521 101.370 30.0 SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA 8.4 Earthquake strikes Sumatra Indonesia: Tsunami warning alert issued in region including Sri Lanka and the "ring of fire" nations.

CTEC is aiding in evacuating villagers three miles inland. 10 foot wave recored in Indonesia, 12 houses washed out to sea. An earthquake registering a massive 8.4 on the Richter scale has struck off the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Officials in the West Sumatran town of Bengkulu, the closest major centre to the quake, have confirmed two deaths and 11 injuries. Buildings in the town, about 100 kilometres from the undersea epicentre of the earthquake, have also suffered damage. Padang shaken Further up the island's coast in Padang, at least three men are feared to be trapped beneath a collapsed car showroom. An Australian aid worker in the region, Karl Willcos of Surfaid International, says the full extent of the damage to the area is still being assessed.
"The place started shaking and then it just progressively got worse and the road was rolling and the towers were moving and the cars were like when you get a car and you've got a few people on each side of it and just pushing it from side to side," he said. "I've just seen some of the damage that's actually in the city here and it looks pretty bad."

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26 October 2006 Heavy rains within next two days! Scientist Mr. K. D. Sujeewa said today that there wil be heavy rains for nest two days. He said that landslides may occur inin Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces. Heavy rains are expected in Western Vayamba provinces and Galle and Matara districts. Low foloods are expected in the river bed areas. Due to the intermonsoon situation, rainy and sunny days may alternate. (Divayina - Sinhala Daily ) India appoints eight disaster managemet troups India has decided to establish semi-military troups to handle disaster situations. Indian Inland Affairs Minister Sivaraj Patel said that they have already commenced training of these troups. He praised the efforts of the military and semi military forces following the Jambu Kashmir Earthquake. He said that they will expand these troups in future. (Divayina - Sinhala Daily) Floods claim 14 lives in western Bengal India Due to continuous rains in Western Beangal, 14 people have dies due to floods while i million people have been trapped due to floods.
Many people aree still in hunger whil diarrhoeal illnesses are on the upsurge. (Divayina - Sinhala Daily) USA - Wilma victims wait in queue for water After Hrricane Wilma claimed 6 lifes while distrupting electricity for 6 million people, many people are waiting in queues to obtain drining water and ice. People of the Western Neples to Eastern Miami cleared the roads and were waiting for assistance. According to redcross, 35,000 people were in temporary shelters. The airports of the area has been closed. (Divayina - Sinhala Daily) Kofi Annan requests 65 countries to keep the promises... UN Secretary General Kofi Annan requested the Ministers and High Officials of 65 countries to provide the 312 million U S Dollarf for the rehabilitation and reconstruction work after the Earth Quake in Pakistan. As the winterr is approaching, the displaced people whi reside in mountain valleys will face serious cinsequences in near future. Tents has become the urgent need today. (Divayina - Sinhala Daily) Watchout, Land Slides! Mr. Kapila Dahanayaka, Senior Lecturer in the University of Peradeniya warns that Landslides may occur with the sudden heavy rains in ten districts including Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Thus he warns the people living in these areas to be on alert. He said that areas where Landslide occured earlier may become active after rains again. He mentioned Deforestration as acause for Landslides. Divayina - 26 October 2005