Tuesday, January 10, 2012

7.3 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA - LOCAL TSUNAMI ALERT ISSUED- 10th Jan 2012

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake has struck off the West Coast of Northern Sumatra at a depth of 29.1 km (18.1 miles), the quake hit at 18:37:01 UTC Tuesday 10th January 2012
The epicenter was 423 km (262 miles) Southwest of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
Tsunami Warning Issued See below.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS   ORIGIN TIME -  1837Z 10 JAN 2012  COORDINATES -   2.3 NORTH   93.1 EAST  LOCATION    -  OFF W COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA  MAGNITUDE   -  7.3  EVALUATION   A DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT DOES NOT EXIST BASED ON  HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.   HOWEVER - THERE IS A VERY SMALL POSSIBILITY OF A LOCAL TSUNAMI  THAT COULD AFFECT COASTS LOCATED USUALLY NO MORE THAN A HUNDRED  KILOMETERS FROM THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES IN THE  REGION NEAR THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE MADE AWARE OF THIS  POSSIBILITY.