Earth Science 8.2+ Earthquake in INdonesia

Discussion in 'Earth Science' started by Ritual, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. Ritual

    Ritual New Member

    Same place as last time.

    They are anticipating it will cause another tsunami (MSNBC).

    Those muslims better run for their lives.
  2. Mark

    Mark ♤♡◇♧ Staff Member

    Geez, they just dont get any breaks over there do they.

    Hopefully it will not be as bad as last time, but keep in mind there were many different nationalities that were effected the first time.
  3. Ritual

    Ritual New Member

    Heh well whoever they are, should cancel their volleyball in the sand.
  4. Ritual

    Ritual New Member

    Also why dont the ATS forums work>?
  5. Mark

    Mark ♤♡◇♧ Staff Member

    The ATS forums work fine for me.

    You may want to contact staff at ATS if you are having difficulties.
  6. Bleys

    Bleys Phoenix Takes Flight Staff Member

    From CNN

    (CNN) -- An earthquake measuring a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 struck off the coast of Indonesia Monday -- on the same fault line that originated a December 26 earthquake that launched a deadly tsunami.

    The director of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said scientists there feared another tsunami might hit the area.

    Charles McCreary said he could not be certain that the quake, which was 30 km deep and 203 kilometer (126 miles) from Sibolga on Sumatra Island, would cause a tsunami.

    "There is a potential for some wave activity," said Julie Martinez, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center, in Golden, Colorado.

    Thailand issued a warning that the quake could bring a tsunami to its southern provinces.

    The warning, which was carried on national television, cautioned people in the six provinces to be careful and vigilant, but did not order evacuations.

    The quake occurred at 11: 09 a.m. ET (1609 GMT), and is considered a "great" earthquake, the largest of seven grades.

    The grades are very minor, minor, light, moderate, strong, major and great.

    Tsunamis are distinguished from normal coastal surf by their great length and speed. A single wave in a tsunami series might be 160 kilometers (100 miles) long and race across the ocean at 960 kph (600 mph).

    When it approaches a coastline, the wave slows dramatically, but it also rises to great heights because the enormous volume of water piles up in shallow coastal bays.

    On December 26, a 9.0-magnitude quake triggered a massive tsunami that devastated Asian and African coastlines in nearly a dozen nations, killing at least 175,000 people.

    Reports coming in from Indonesia indicate that there is widespread panic among the locals. Electricity is out and people are jamming the streets in an attempt to move to higher ground.

  7. Bleys

    Bleys Phoenix Takes Flight Staff Member

    Unfortunately this was somewhat expected.

    From a CNN article dated March 17, 2005:

  8. Zsandmann

    Zsandmann Premium Member

    (CNN) - (CNN) -- Officials in Thailand and Sri Lanka report that residents are evacuating coastal regions in the Indian Ocean after an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of at least 8.2 struck off the coast of Indonesia Monday.

    In Thailand, thousands of people in the six provinces affected by the December 26 tsunami were moving to higher ground or 2 km (1.25 miles) inland, the governor of Phang Nga province said.

    Sri Lanka also issued a warning that the earthquake may spawn a tsunami that would reach Sri Lanka's shores by about 3 a.m. Tuesday (4 p.m. ET Monday) and urged those living in low lying areas to move to higher ground.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has recommended residents within 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of the epicenter to evacuate coastal regions. The quake was centered on the same fault line where a December 26 earthquake launched a tsunami that killed at least 175,000 people.
  9. Zsandmann

    Zsandmann Premium Member

    The epicenter was in the same location as the last quake but the focal point (depth) of the quake is 12 km. Therefore, in my opinion there is a very low risk of enough seafloor displacement to create a tsunami this time. Still it is good to be prepared.

  10. Bleys

    Bleys Phoenix Takes Flight Staff Member


    From MSNBC :

    I also understand that usgs is increasing the quakes magnitude to 8.7. When I find the link I'll post it.

  11. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    It was warned there would be future quakes this yr, due to tha fact of the magnitude of 26 Dec. I heard they would still have settling to do hence the major one shifted so much. And as each ones happens they are to get smaller and smaller until the plates rest for the time being, unless another major shift elsewhere irritates this one.

    My info came from various sources, news, usgs, noaa, whoi.
  12. mscbkc070904

    mscbkc070904 Premium Member

    Just heard it was a 8.7 earthquake, wow...
  13. Bleys

    Bleys Phoenix Takes Flight Staff Member

    Thousands are believed to have perished.

    Another update from CNN:

    These poor people just cannot catch a break.