Large Aceh Quake Triggers Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning (NEW ZetaTalk re 7 of 10 Significance!)

An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 8.9 has struck under the sea off Indonesia's northern Aceh province.

The quake triggered a tsunami warning across the Indian Ocean region.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it was not yet known whether a tsunami had been generated, but advised authorities to "take appropriate action".

The region is regularly hit by earthquakes. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed 170,000 people in Aceh.

The US Geological Survey, which documents quakes worldwide, said the Aceh quake was centred 33km (20 miles) under the sea about 495km from Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.

It was initially reported as 8.9 magnitude but was later revised down to 8.7 by the USGS.

The tsunami centre's warning said quakes of such a magnitude "have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Indian Ocean basin".

The tremor was felt as far away as Singapore, Thailand and India.

Reuters reports that people in the region were making their way to higher ground.

The BBC's Karishma Vaswani in the Indonesian capital Jakarta says there were reports of the ground shaking for up to five minutes. Contact with people in the immediate area around the quake has not been possible so far, says our correspondent.

Indonesia straddles the Pacific Ring of Fire, a zone of major seismic activity.

Source: Large Aceh quake triggers Indian Ocean tsunami warning

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Comment by Nancy Lieder
New ZT early on this matter, with graphics interspirsed.

SOZT

Several facts quickly became obvious after the magnitude 8.9 quake on April 11, 2012 off the coast of Sumatra. First, the tsunami experienced on December 26, 2004 did not repeat. In 2004 the plate holding India lifted, thus displacing a massive amount of water in all directions, and thus the tsunami and high death count. In 2012 the plates slide along each other, with at most a temporary void along the plate borders causing buoy 55015 to show an amazing temporary drop 65 meters (195 feet). This did not result in a tsunami because the water merely roiled in the void and then found its level, and did not travel to the side to disburse.

The second fact emerged by the next day, on the IRIS charts. The West Coast of the US had numerous substantial quakes, a continuing adjustment following the magnitude 7.9 near Acapulco, but clearly more than this was involved. The plates WORLDWIDE were adjusting. Look at the buoy chart. Buoys on alert are doing more than outlining the Sunda Plate. They are outlining the folding Mariana Plate, and the rising eastern edge of the plate holding Australia. The quakes on the IRIS chart show quakes on either side of Africa also, as that plate adjusted. But the big surprise was the amount of adjustment in the northern Pacific, between the West Coast of the US and Mexico and Japan and the folding Mariana Plate.

What occurred during the Sumatra quake was a shifting to the west of the plate holding India, such that there were those small voids along the plate border with Sumatra announced by the buoys.  This does indeed relate to the crack occurring just days before along the suspension bridge up in the Himalayas along the Thailand/India border. Africa had been edging to the west also, as the Atlantic spread, and this allowed the plate holding India to make this move. During this adjustment, any snags holding the folding Mariana Plate back were eased, and both the Mariana and Philippine plates gave in to the pressure from the Pacific. This allowed the southern part of the N American bow to shift further west also.

 

Did we not predict that the spreading Atlantic would allow a dropping and twisting Africa to fall into the increasing VOID in the Indian Ocean? Did we not predict that Mariana and Philippine plates would tilt and fold during the 7 of 10 scenarios? Why else are the buoys in that region on alert, so far from the slip-slide to the west of Sumatra? Did we not predict that the N American continent would tighten into a bow as the 7 of 10 plate adjustments proceeded? Here we have the entire West Coast from Vancouver to Acapulco suddenly having significant quakes. We stated the plates had been loosened, and were on the move. Our 7 of 10 predictions have become a FACT.

EOZT

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Comment by bill on April 17, 2012 at 12:23pm

Tremors from Indonesia's quake felt in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Tremors from Indonesia's 8.6-magnitude quake were felt in several parts of Singapore on Wednesday.

Two Singapore flights to Phuket, Thailand, were affected by the closure of the Phuket International Airport, due to tsunami warnings.

SilkAir flight MI 756 departed Singapore at 4.45pm but had to turn back. Another SilkAir flight, MI 758, was supposed to have left at 6.35pm, but had been delayed.

Several callers to the MediaCorp hotline said they felt the tremors over at Marine Parade, Beach Road, Bukit Panjang, Bendemeer Road, Farrer Road and Whampoa Road.

They added that the tremors were not as bad as those experienced in previous years.

Devi Singh, a Bukit Panjang resident, said: "It was about 4.50pm. I was on the computer at home with my mum-in-law and husband when suddenly I felt giddy while at the computer. My husband went to lie down, he thought he was also feeling giddy.

"But when I looked up, I saw the light swaying from left to right. And this (lasted) about 60 seconds. There were two other tremors that lasted for about 20 seconds.

"We did not leave the building because we'd felt similar tremors before - the other time (when) there were earthquakes and tsunami. So we stayed put in the building."

A Whampoa resident, Tan Chi Ming, also said she felt the "shakes". She said she rushed to her dad's room and saw the chandelier on his ceiling shaking violently. "We just felt a bit of shaking, then it stopped in about three to five minutes," she added.

Office workers at a nine-storey building along Beach Road were also among those who felt the tremors.

Those on higher floors were apparently more affected and rushed down for safety.

"Most of us on the seventh floor could actually feel the tremors. I felt very giddy initially, sort of like a rocking boat. We were all quite alarmed," said office worker Janet Patt.

"I saw that everything was just shaking... the hanging lights were shaking. So we just evacuated, all of us," said another office worker.

Staff eventually returned to their offices about 20 to 30 minutes later, after receiving the green light from a building maintenance personnel.

"He also mentioned that he did check the surroundings of the building to make sure there were no cracks... so that was his assurance to us that we can actually go back to the office," said office worker Tan Chou Yen.

The Singapore Red Cross said it is in contact with counterparts in Indonesia and is monitoring the situation.

It has also offered assistance and is on standby to mobilise resources, if necessary.

- CNA/al/cc 

Police and SCDF receive 38 calls about tremors
S Ramesh Channel NewsAsia 11 Apr 12;

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the police on Wednesday said they received 38 calls from the public about the tremors caused by the strong earthquake off Sumatra, Indonesia.

In a joint statement, they said earth tremors were reported in certain parts of Singapore at about 4.43pm.

The Meteorological Services confirmed that an earthquake occurred at about 4.38pm in Northern Sumatra, approximately 1,242 kilometres from Singapore.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) had initially reported it as an 8.9-magnitude quake, but later revised it to 8.6.

Police said some of the areas where the tremors were felt included the Central Business District (CBD), Beach Road, Temasek Boulevard, Selegie, Toa Payoh, Ang Mo Kio, Serangoon North, Punggol, Woodlands, Geylang Bahru, Geylang and Siglap.

There were no reports of injury or law and order incident.

The Building & Construction Authority (BCA) and the Housing & Development Board (HDB) have also completed inspections of 30 buildings in the affected areas, and they have been found to be structurally safe.

No new reports of tremors have been received following the latest aftershock in Sumatra.

Police and SCDF said there was no cause for alarm.

The SCDF also advised the public to remain calm, should they experience any tremors.

If they are inside a building, they should take cover under a table, keep away from items made of glass or any hanging object.

They are also urged not to use an elevator and not to use any naked light in case there is a gas leak.

If they are out in the open, they should minimise their movements and stay away from buildings, street lights and utility wires.

After vibrations have stopped, they should stay away from any exposed electrical cables and report on any gas leakage.

- CNA/al/cc 

Tremors from Sumatra quake felt in many parts of Singapore
Ng Jing Yng Today Online 12 Apr 12;

SINGAPORE - The impact of the earthquake in the waters off Aceh was felt here, some 1,240km away, as residents in many parts of Singapore experienced tremors.

At Beach Road, some office workers rushed out of their workplaces as a precaution. Said Ms Koh Siew Kiang, 45, an executive who was working on the eighth floor of a nine-storey building: "My colleagues and I felt some movement which lasted for about a minute. We decided that it will not be safe to stay in the office anymore ... A lot of other people in the building also started streaming down and everyone waited for a while before returning to work."

Mr Nicolas Chemin, 29, stayed put in his 15th floor office at Shaw Tower. Said the senior manager: "As I was working on my computer ... the frames on the wall were moving slightly and you could also see water in the dispenser spinning a little."

Ms Devi Singh, 55, was at home in Bukit Panjang when she saw her ceiling lights "swaying from left to right". She added: "It lasted for roughly around 60 seconds."

According to the Meteorological Services, the tremors were reported about five minutes after the earthquake occurred at about 4.38pm (Singapore time) in Northern Sumatra.

The police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force said they received 38 calls from the public reporting the tremors. "There were no reports of injury or law and order incidents," the authorities said in a statement.

The Building and Construction Authority and the Housing and Development Board conducted checks on 30 buildings in the affected areas and they were found to be structurally safe.

Some flights to Phuket from Changi Airport were cancelled or re-scheduled after the Thai authorities temporarily shut down its Phuket international airport.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) reiterated that given Singapore's location, the Republic and its surrounding islands were unlikely to be affected by any tsunami generated by yesterday's earthquake. Advising the public not to be alarmed, the NEA added that it has a tsunami early warning system in place and a public advisory will be issued if there was any risk of Singapore being affected.

Singapore Red Cross (SRC) secretary-general Benjamin William said the SRC has offered immediate assistance to its Indonesian counterparts. While there is no confirmed report of casualty and damages, the SRC remains on standby to mobilise resources if necessary, he added.

Tremors felt in various parts of Singapore
Elizabeth Soh Straits Times 12 Apr 12;

SINGAPOREANS felt the floor move beneath their feet yesterday as aftershocks from an 8.6-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia shook high-rise buildings and homes near the coast.

Tremors lasting two to three minutes each were reported at around 5pm by people across the island, from residents in Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh, Serangoon North and Geylang Bahru to office workers in the Central Business District.

The Meteorological Service yesterday confirmed that an earthquake struck Northern Sumatra at 4.38pm, about 1,240km away from Singapore. 

Mr Bernie Chew evacuated his employees on the 10th floor of Capitol Building in North Bridge Road when he felt the floor move.

'It started with a swaying and then stopped and started again, like the feeling you get when you feel dizzy,' the businessman, who is in his 30s, said. 'I've experienced earthquakes before but I didn't believe that I would feel it in Singapore.'

About 30 people evacuated The Bencoolen building in Bugis Street after feeling the tremors. 'At first we were wondering what was happening,' said auditor Hemavathi Panneerselvam, 24, who works on the ninth floor.

He added: 'It's my first time experiencing tremors. I could feel myself moving, but it wasn't so scary because they were light.'

The management of the 16-storey Capital Square building in Telok Ayer Street broadcast a message telling tenants not to worry.

Marine Parade residents felt the strongest tremors, but most did not get too anxious as it was not the first time they had experienced them.

'I was on the computer working when I saw my curtains swaying and felt the tremors,' said home tutor Susan Lim, 53, who lives on the 24th floor of a condominium near East Coast beach. 'I was not scared as I have experienced this a few times before.'

Others in Woodlands, Bendemeer, Punggol and Hougang also described swaying floors and furniture. Executive Iris Yee, 55, who works in the Whampoa area, said the tremors were so bad she felt like throwing up. 'I felt like I was spinning,' she said.

Housewife Geraldine Yap, 32, was taking a nap in her 14th-floor flat in Punggol when the tremors hit. 'I thought that I was suffering from a vertigo attack as I was lying down but the room seemed to be swaying from left to right. My kids were really scared and started crying.'

Earth Observatory of Singapore director Kerry Sieh said that although the quake could turn out to be one of the biggest in 40 years, Singaporeans had no cause for worry as the distance between Sumatra and Singapore is too great for the quake to have any impact on structures here.

'It is highly unlikely that there will be any damage here,' he said.

The National Environment Agency has a tsunami early warning system and it said it will issue a public advisory if there is a risk of Singapore being affected.

'Given our location, Singapore and its surrounding islands are unlikely to be affected by any tsunami generated by this earthquake,' said a spokesman.

The police and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) received 38 calls reporting the tremors.

They advised the public to stay calm and take cover. There were no reports of injury.

The Building and Construction Authority and the Housing Board inspected 30 buildings in the affected areas, and found them to be structurally safe.

In 2007, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit Sumatra, causing tremors that were felt in the East Coast area, Toa Payoh and the Central Business District.

Additional reporting by Peter Wong, Justin Lee and Jose Hong

Early warning system around Indian Ocean comes up to scratch
Straits Times 12 Apr 12;

WHEN the Indian Ocean tsunami struck in 2004, the only warning most people in the region had was the sight of a giant wave heading towards them.

This time, however, most of the 27 nations bordering the ocean were better prepared.

An early warning system put in place in most countries in the region was quick to transmit information to alert the authorities to a possible tsunami, its duration and its magnitude.

Within minutes of yesterday's 8.6-magnitude earthquake off Indonesia's Banda Aceh in Sumatra, most of the nations had issued warnings urging people to move to safety away from coastlines, before later cancelling them.

Thailand's National Disaster Warning Centre, India's Tsunami Warning Centre and Malaysia's Meteorological Department were quick to take action after Indonesia issued the first warning.

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Reunion Islands, Kenya, Madagascar and Tanzania soon followed suit.

'The early warning system is working well' and there were no reports of casualties or damage in Aceh and elsewhere, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in Jakarta.

Besides commencing evacuations along the coasts, the authorities in some countries closed ports, suspended train services and cordoned off beaches. Emergency services such as rescue teams and hospitals were put on high alert while constant monitoring of the situation carried on for the next two hours.

Loudspeakers, sirens, SMSes and radio and TV announcements were used to warn residents to remain alert and move to higher ground.

The warnings evoked painful memories of the Dec 26, 2004 tsunami, also caused by an undersea earthquake off Indonesia that killed around 230,000 people along coastal regions.

But they also brought into focus the usefulness of early warning systems which were put in place within two to three years of that Boxing Day tsunami by most countries scarred by the tragedy.

Most systems have pressure sensors in place on the sea floor which measure the weight of the water above it. The weight varies according to wave height - and the findings are sent to a buoy on the surface, seismologist Kerry Sieh, director of the Earth Observatory of Singapore, told The Straits Times.

These buoys then transmit data to satellites which in turn send the information to official laboratories. 'The whole pro-cess takes 20 minutes at the most,' Professor Sieh said.

A number of buoys already in place in the Indian Ocean sent data to various laboratories after yesterday's quake.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said communication systems set up after the 2004 tsunami appeared to have worked well.

'Our records indicate that all the national meteorological services in the countries at risk by this tsunami have received the warnings in under five minutes,' said Dr Maryam Golnaraghi, the head of WMO's disaster risk reduction programme, Associated Press reported.

Such systems can be very useful in averting major disasters in future, said Dr Mohammad Ismail H, who runs a voluntary Integrated Tsunami Watcher Service site in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Yesterday, his volunteers received hundreds of text messages and phone calls inquiring about the tsunami.

'This is one of the most important services for the future,' he said.

Comment by Brian G on April 16, 2012 at 1:10am

Partial translation of:

http://www.bharian.com.my/bharian/articles/Tanahnaik0_5meterselepas...

Land rose 0.5 meters after the quake


04/15/2012


BANDA ACEH: An earthquake with a strength of 8.5 on the Richter scale hit Aceh, April 11 and cause some level of land in various parts of Simeulue Island, one of the areas in the autonomous region up to 0.5 meters.
Chief of Police Department of Simeulue, Parluatan Siregar, said he was informed of the reported 'sticking' and is making an investigation.
"It takes an expert to make a further study. However, no doubt the usual sea level has changed since the earthquake lye, but whether it is due to the decreased water level rise or land that can not be confirmed. "

A resident in the district edema, East Simeulue, Ilham, said based on his observation, there is the effect of the rising land in the region.

"For example, where the commonly used local fishermen to anchor the boat before, had suddenly lands.

"In normal circumstances never be stranded if the boat anchored in this area even at low tide, but not anymore. In addition, sea level in some parts of this island and down (also reduced) to signal that the (parts of the) land has gone up, "he said.
Inspired by (Ilham estimates)the land level rise estimates about 0.5 meters or lower (less), while its impact requires further research.



Meanwhile, Head of Data and Information Center National Disaster Handling Agency (BNPB) Purwo Nugroho said the sea level is increased in the North Nias and Meulaboh after the earthquake struck the region last Wednesday but did not trigger a tsunami.

"The data obtained show BNPB sea level rise up to one meter in LAHEWA, North Nias and 1.02 meters in Meulaboh, Banda Aceh," he told reporters.

He said although the latest quake is categorized as strong, no major tsunami occurred.

"Information obtained from the Meteorological and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) shows, the tsunami successfully detected in Sabang area when water levels (rose) 0.06 meter, while in Meulaboh height reached 0.8 meters," he said.


Comment by Howard on April 13, 2012 at 5:06am

Tsunami buoy 46412 off San Diego indicating ocean floor fluttering in response to the Gulf of California quake.

Comment by Malou (Marie Louise) Geleff on April 12, 2012 at 3:36pm

Thanks, Nancy for this early ZT !!!  I feel the 8-of-10 pulling at us !... 

And thanks for the photos, Andrey Eroshin !  Impressive to say the least..

Comment by Andrey Eroshin on April 12, 2012 at 3:18pm

Indonesia: cracks after Aceh earthquake

Comment by Evelyn on April 12, 2012 at 2:35pm

Wow, I gues the metal boxes that are in place all around the world will not hold all quakes back, and sooner of later there is going to be a big catastrophe that will get people asking questions.  Metal Boxes mentioned in a weekly February Zetatalk

Thank you Nancy and Zetas in attendance for bringing this to us so quickly.

Comment by Stra on April 12, 2012 at 2:08pm

@michael: you should take a look at the 7 of 10 sequence to get an idea of "where this is going". :)

 

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/7-of-10-sequence

Comment by michael du toit on April 12, 2012 at 1:57pm

i have a question re. LISS I's in the black for over 24hrs now. where is this going.... ?

Comment by Nancy Lieder on April 12, 2012 at 1:06pm

New ZT early on this matter, with graphics interspirsed.

SOZT

Several facts quickly became obvious after the magnitude 8.9 quake on April 11, 2012 off the coast of Sumatra. First, the tsunami experienced on December 26, 2004 did not repeat. In 2004 the plate holding India lifted, thus displacing a massive amount of water in all directions, and thus the tsunami and high death count. In 2012 the plates slide along each other, with at most a temporary void along the plate borders causing buoy 55015 to show an amazing temporary drop 65 meters (195 feet). This did not result in a tsunami because the water merely roiled in the void and then found its level, and did not travel to the side to disburse.

The second fact emerged by the next day, on the IRIS charts. The West Coast of the US had numerous substantial quakes, a continuing adjustment following the magnitude 7.9 near Acapulco, but clearly more than this was involved. The plates WORLDWIDE were adjusting. Look at the buoy chart. Buoys on alert are doing more than outlining the Sunda Plate. They are outlining the folding Mariana Plate, and the rising eastern edge of the plate holding Australia. The quakes on the IRIS chart show quakes on either side of Africa also, as that plate adjusted. But the big surprise was the amount of adjustment in the northern Pacific, between the West Coast of the US and Mexico and Japan and the folding Mariana Plate.

 

What occurred during the Sumatra quake was a shifting to the west of the plate holding India, such that there were those small voids along the plate border with Sumatra announced by the buoys.  This does indeed relate to the crack occurring just days before along the suspension bridge up in the Himalayas along the Thailand/India border. Africa had been edging to the west also, as the Atlantic spread, and this allowed the plate holding India to make this move. During this adjustment, any snags holding the folding Mariana Plate back were eased, and both the Mariana and Philippine plates gave in to the pressure from the Pacific. This allowed the southern part of the N American bow to shift further west also.

 

Did we not predict that the spreading Atlantic would allow a dropping and twisting Africa to fall into the increasing VOID in the Indian Ocean? Did we not predict that Mariana and Philippine plates would tilt and fold during the 7 of 10 scenarios? Why else are the buoys in that region on alert, so far from the slip-slide to the west of Sumatra? Did we not predict that the N American continent would tighten into a bow as the 7 of 10 plate adjustments proceeded? Here we have the entire West Coast from Vancouver to Acapulco suddenly having significant quakes. We stated the plates had been loosened, and were on the move. Our 7 of 10 predictions have become a FACT.

EOZT

Comment by bill on April 12, 2012 at 11:28am

5 killed, 4 injured after quakes hit Indonesia

JAKARTA, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Five people have been dead, four others injured, and one bridge collapsed in Aceh province after the Wednesday's quake rocked the province in northern tip of Sumatra island and its surrounding areas, officials said on Thursday.

"Five people were killed,.. including one in Banda Aceh, three in Aceh Besar and one in Lhoksemawe," Wahyudi, an official of disaster management and mitigation agency in Aceh province, told Xinhua by phone.

He said that the quake damaged a wall at the prison in the proivincial capital of Banda Aceh, but no reports of prisoners escaping the building.

One bridge in West Aceh was collapsed and four people suffered from injuries in Simeuleu islands of Aceh, an official at the headquarters of the agency in Jakarta told Xinhua over phone.

Emergency relief aids have been prepared and ready for distribution as the officials of the agency have been deployed to three provinces, Aceh, West Sumatra and North Sumatra which hit hardest by the quake, for further assessment of the impact of the natural disaster, according to the official.

Some of areas in the province suffered from the quake shakes with MMI (modified mercally intensity) of 4 to 5, meaning that it is capable to collapse buildings, an official of the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency told Xinhua.

Local television reported five warships had been prepared for distribution of the aids when needed.

Shallow powerful undersea quake of 8.5 magnitude struck off Aceh on Wednesday and followed by strong aftershocks and dozens moderate tremors

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