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Monday, March 28, 2005

Quake Strikes Indonesia, Sparks Tsunami Warning

As if southeast Asia hasn't gone through enough, another earthequale, this one measuring 8.2 (possibly as high as 8.7), struck at 11:00 p.m. local time. The quake was strong enough to warranat a tsunami warning, although it is impossible to tell if there will actually be one, since they do not have the system in place to detect it. Local authorities have begun evacuating the coasts in areas within 600 miles of the earthquake.

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BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - A major earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island late Monday, damaging hundreds of buildings and sending residents fleeing in panic. Officials issued a tsunami warning for as far away as Sri Lanka.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor, which occurred at 11:09 p.m. local time (11:09 a.m. EST), measured a magnitude of 8.2. A later reading put the magnitude at 8.7, said Paul Earle, a USGS research geophysicist.
Major quake strikes off Indonesia's Sumatra
Tsunami alerts cause panic across Asia

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