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2009 Earthquake and Tsunami Alert in Asia


About 2009 Earthquake and Tsunami Alert in Bay of Bengal

An Earthquake in Bay of Bengal has triggered nations to raise Tsunami alerts for the Eastern Coast of India, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The Tusnami alert is later withdrawn.

The earthquake is reported to be epi-centerted at 16 kms in sea near Yangon, Myanmar. People in various locations are reported to be out of their mid-night sleep and seen on streets. Fishermen community has reported changes in water movements in the sea.

Three major earthquakes in Asian region

The USGS has reported atleast three major earthquakes in the Asian region on August 10, 2009 UTC (Tuesday, August 11, 2009 IST). Two are reported in the Indian Ocean region while another separate incident is reported off the coast of Japan. All three quakes are underwater incidents.

An earthquake of 7.6 on Ritcher scale is reported in Andaman Islands, India (Latitude: 14.013; Longitude: 92.923; Depth: 33.1Km) at 19:55:39 UTC 2009 and another of 6.4 on Ritcher scale Near the South Coast of Honshu, Japan (Latitude: 34.727; Longitude: 138.278; Depth: 26.8 km).

Izu Islands, Japan Region (Latitude: 33.144 km; Longitude: 138.040; Depth: 303.1 kms) was the first to report a larger earthquake - that of 7.1 kms 2009/08/09 10:55:56 UTC.

Earthquake in Andaman Islands, India

Earthquake is reported in Andaman Islands, Port Blair, Great Nicobar, Kainada and Baleshwar. All regions are generally the first to have the effect of any quake in the Andamand region.

India Earthquake tremors

Tremors are reported across the East Coastal India including regions such as Chennai (in Tamil Nadu), Guntur, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam (in Andhra Pradesh) and in Bhubaneshwar (in Orissa). Cracks to houses are reported in some regions. No casualities are reported. The Met Department at Visakhapatnam said that the region would only experience secondary waves and is not of panic situation.

Updates from Burma

Burman regions of Pyinkayaing, Cheduba Island, Sittwe, Mergui and Yangon regions are reported to be on risk.

Tsunami Alert - Not Tsunami Warning yet

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center of National Weather Service has raised a 'High' Alert of Tsunami for the Indian Ocean region. According to its Tsunami Bulletin Number 003, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center/Noaa/Nws, Issued At 2124z 10 Aug 2009, a regional Tsunami watch is in effect. The bulletin is issued as an advice to Governments to make decisions regarding the official state of alert in their area and any action to be taken in response. The situation is reported to be of 'alert' only and not a 'warning' state yet in India (as of Tuesday, August 11, 2009 3:38:26 AM IST)

Tsunami Alert withdrawn - Update at Monday, August 10, 2009 at 22:42:38 UTC

As per NWS - PTWC's update (Tsunami Bulletin Number 004, Pacific Tsunami Warning Center/Noaa/Nws, Issued At 2211z 10 Aug 2009), the Tsunami alert has been withdrawn.

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