- Jim's Prediction:
- A Major (7+M) globally... most likely in the Pacific
Ring of Fire where 80% of large quakes occur. The Seismic Window of February
- And today, February 13, a 7.3M quake hit in SOUTHERN
- For full details from USGS... http://gldss7.cr.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/010213192827.HTML
7.3 Tremor Rocks Indonesian Island
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- JAKARTA - An earthquake measuring
7.3 on the Richter scale struck the island of Sumatra with enough force
to create a tidal wave.
- The Australian Geological Survey Organization reported
the quake was big enough to cause major damage to cities and towns on Sumatra.
- The quake was centred in the ocean, about 400 kilometres
west of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
- The coast near the epicentre is not considered to be
- Earthquakes regularly hit Indonesia, occasionally causing
- A 6.8-magnitude earthquake killed at least 2,200 people
on a string of islands in Indonesia in 1992.
- Quake Hits Indonesia's Sumatra, Causes Panic
- By Grace Nirang http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010213/wl/quake_indonesia_dc_5.html
- JAKARTA (Reuters) - A strong
earthquake shook Indonesia's Sumatra island early on Wednesday, panicking
residents but there were no reports of casualties or damage, local officials
and police said.
- Indonesia's Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said the
quake measured 5.0 on the Richter scale and was centered in the ocean,
but several foreign observatories put the quake at 7.3, strong enough to
cause considerable damage and create tidal waves.
- The earthquake was felt across Sumatra and in the capital
Jakarta but most strongly in Bengkulu province, scene of a powerful quake
last June that killed 120 people. It was followed by several small aftershocks,
- ``I have checked with the four regencies of Bengkulu
province and so far there have been no reports of damage or casualties,''
Suwardiyanto, secretary of the provincial disaster taskforce, told Reuters
- Police in Bengkulu town, the local capital which lies
340 miles northeast of Jakarta and carries the province's name, said the
quake woke residents, many of whom fled their homes.
- ``It was quite strong but we haven't found any damage
in the town,'' said Robert Aritonang, deputy provincial police chief.
- Officials from the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency
in Jakarta said the quake hit at 2:28 a.m. local time with its epicenter
13 miles southwest of Manna town and some 50 milesbelow the ocean.
- Bengkulu province is lightly populated by Indonesian
standards, with about 1.4 million people in total. More than 260,000 people
live in Bengkulu town, the local capital.
- Earthquakes (news - web sites) regularly hit Indonesia,
occasionally causing widespread damage, although tremors of a magnitude
around 5.0 on the Richter scale are usually not killers.
- Last June's powerful quake in Bengkulu province measured
7.9 on the Richter scale.
- The Australian Geological Survey Organization, the Hong
Kong Observatory and the U.S. Geological Survey (news - web sites) all
measured Wednesday's quake at 7.3 on the Richter scale.
- The U.S. Geological Survey said a second quake measuring
5.4 hit a few hours later, according to its Web site (http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin).
- Asked about the different readings, Jakarta's Geophysics
Agency said foreign observatories used alternative measurement techniques,
which might explain the variation.
- In the past, there has rarely been much of a discrepancy
between Indonesian and foreign readings on quakes.
- ``If the magnitude was over 7.0 on the Richter scale...it
should have damaged houses and even demolished them,'' said Hamdani, an
operational head at the agency.
- ``But our office there said...all that happened was windows,
walls and doors shook.''
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