New Earthquake of 8.2 Magnitude Hits Asia

Just a few months after the devastating earthquake and tsunamis that hit Asia, another earthquake with a magnitude of at least 8.2 on the richter scale was reported today off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on the same fault line.

The quake occurred at 16:09 GMT, and is considered a “great” earthquake, the largest of seven grades.

Thai officials issued a warning of a possible tsunami.
A spokesman for the U.S. Geological Survey also confirmed by telling CNN that the earthquake could cause tsunamis.

I hope they’re wrong and that no tsunamis result of this and no damage occurs to any of the countries in that region.
God protect them all.

Update 29/03/05: The earthquake was of a 8.7 Magnitude. Reports say that 300 people have died, while hundreds more are injured or trapped on islands near to the epicenter, including Indonesia’s Nias Island.

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla told a local radio station as many as 2,000 could be dead from Monday’s quake, also felt in Malaysia, Singapore and as far north as Bangkok, Thailand.

[More: CNN]

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