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2012 Indonesia Earthquake

An Earthquake with a magnitude of 8.7 occurred 308 miles from Aceh's provincial capital, off the western coast of Northern Sumatra in Indonesia.

The Earthquake shook several cities in Indonesia, Singapore, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and several places in India. A Tsunami warning has been raised. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii has put as many as 28 countries in the the entire of Indian Ocean on tsunami alert. The countries on the list includes Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Maldives and other Indian Ocean islands, Malaysia, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Iran, Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore.

Largest Earthquake in 100 years
The Earthquake reported is the largest in 100 years and is the eighth largest since 1900.

Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Service issued a red high-level warning for Andaman & Nicobar Islands. People in islands have been ordered to move away from low-lying areas. A low-level alert is in effect for people in the Coastal Indian districts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu where reports of earthquake are reported. Waves ranging from 2 to 6 metres could be expected along parts of its eastern coast.

Indian Tsunami Early Warning Centre ­ INCOIS Hyderabad (ITEWC) in the Tsunami Bulletin Number 1 issued at 1505 IST said: 'Earthquakes of this size sometimes have small potential to generate tsunamis. However, so far there is no confirmation about the triggering of a tsunami. An investigation is under way to determine if a tsunami has been triggered.'

Major Indian cities where the tremors are felt incluide Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Patna, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Cuttack and Bhubaneshwar. Chennai Port is shut following the tsunami alert. Kolkata resumed metro services after temporary suspension. Authorities continue to monitor the situation.

The Thai stock market fell soon after Tsunami warning was raised. The Indian stock markets too had seen some pressure soon after the news broke.


  • 5:50 pm IST: High Alert in 6 districts of Odisha
  • 5:50 pm IST: Government evacuates people from South Andaman
  • Pacific centre says sea level readings show tsunami generated
  • IAF sending 2 planes with 80 NDRF personnel to Port Blair for rescue efforts
  • Aftershock measuring 5.4 hits Indonesia
  • 3.9 mtrs high waves seen in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan says there is no Tsunami threat in Mumbai
  • 5:55 pm IST: Ships in Port Blair asked to
  • 8.2 magnitude aftershock rocks Indonesia
  • Tsunami warning extended for 2 more hours in Indonesia
  • Tsunami warning lifted for first quake in India
  • More tremors in Indonesia
  • No cause for Panic along India's coastline says Home Secretary
  • Aftershocks felt in Chennai, Kolkata in India
  • 6:00 pm IST: 6 NRDF teams sent to Port Blair
  • Ships in Port Blair asked to sail out
  • Thailand, Myanmar, Australia and Malaysia withdraw Tsunami warning
  • 6:10 pm IST: Aftershocks measuring 5.4 and 5.7 hit Indonesia
  • Kudankulam Nuclear plant is safe as it is 7.5 m above the coast
  • Tsunami watch lifted for Australia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand
  • Fishermen asked to move away from the coast
  • More tremors reported in Indonesia
  • 6:15 pm IST: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asks people to not panic, but to stay alert
  • Tremors felt in Bangladesh and Myanmar
  • Tsunami watch is still in effect in 5 countries
  • Sri Lanka issues Tsunami alert
  • People asked to move to safer areas in Thailand
  • Tremors felt in Kolkata, Kochi, Tiruvanthapuram and Bangalore
  • Control rooms in Ind missions in Jakarta and Medan
  • 6:20 pm IST: 1 meter tsunamis detected off southern Sumatra says Indonesia
  • 6:35 pm IST: Pacific Center cancels tsunami watch for Indian Ocean areas
  • 7:20 pm IST: Tsunami warning lifted in Indonesia

2012 Indonesia Earthquake in News

Indonesia quake triggers Indian Ocean tsunami alert
A massive 8.7 earthquake has struck off the western coast of Indonesia triggering fears of a "devastating" tsunami.

Earthquake hits Indonesia, tremors also felt in India
A massive earthquake has hit the West Coast of Sumatra, at a magnitude of 8.7 on the Richter scale.

Residents of Kolkata, Chennai apprehensive following Indonesia quake (Lead: quake)
With an earthquake of 8.7 magnitude striking the western coast of Indonesia and tremors being felt in the eastern parts of India, residents of Kolkata and Chennai on Wednesday appeared to be very tense hoping that there is no loss to life or property.

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