Indonesian Earthquakes Trigger Tsunami Warnings

A pair of earthquakes struck off Ache in Indonesia this morning causing Tsunami warning near the same location of the deadly 2004 tsunami that killed 170,000 people. This first earthquake measured 8.6 and the second aftershock was a 8.2 according to the USGS.

News of the tsunami warning sent residents into the hills panicked. However the first tsunami was measured at just 6.7 inches, far smaller than is needed to cause damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the first 8.6-magnitude quake was 270 miles (435 kilometers) from Aceh's provincial capital. The tsunami watch that followed from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii advised countries all along the rim of the Indian Ocean, from Australia and India to as far off as Africa, that a tsunami could be generated.

The 2004 undersea earthquake was a 9.1.

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