UPDATE: If there was a tsunami it would have hit Indonesia by now. The chances of one happening look less, but still not negligible. I’ve done an updated post here.
FLASH: Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency says no detection of low tide that would indicate tsunami in Aceh
— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) April 11, 2012
I’m getting older and my body’s a bit random. I thought it was me when my leg started shaking, but it wasn’t, it was a small earthquake. I thought nothing of it till a friend in India asked me and then yeah, it’s not me getting old. There was 8.7 earthquake off Northern Sumatra about 15 minutes ago (8:38 UTC). If you’re unfamiliar with Northern Sumatra, their main export to Sri Lanka is tsunamis. So please stay away from the beach, and call your relatives on the east coast.
The map above is from the Earthquake Hazards program. I’m trying to find more resources on what’s going on. The NOAA has issued a tsunami warning. So again, please stay away from the beach. Will post more as I find out. Here’s the timeline from last time:
7:00 AM: Indonesia Reports Earthquake
7:05 AM: Colombo Gets Quake Report
7:14 AM: Honolulu Earthquake Bulletin
7:30 AM: Tsunami Hits Sumatra
8:04 AM: Honolulu Tsunami Warning
8:27 AM: Tsunami Hits Kalmunai
8:55 AM: Tsunami Hits Trinco, Batticaloa, more
9:30 AM: Tsunami Hits Galle, Kalutara, more
Here are the estimated times from the NOAA tsunami warning, in UTC time I assume. I’ve put the local time in brackets (by adding 5:30)
DONDRA_HEAD 5.9N 80.6E 1039Z 11 APR [16:09 local]
TRINCOMALEE 8.7N 81.3E 1051Z 11 APR [16:20]
COLOMBO 6.9N 79.8E 1120Z 11 APR [16:50]
JAFFNA 9.9N 80.0E 1231Z 11 APR [18:01]
So basically we should know if there’s a tsunami in about 30 minutes, and if there is one, it’d hit SL in about an hour. There was a joke last time that the Prime Minister got the warning and sent someone to the airport to pick up a T. Sunami. One hopes that we’re wiser now.