No reports of major damage from magnitude 6. There were no reports on Monday of major damage in Indonesia from a weekend magnitude 6. Tremors shook buildings, alarming residents of some cities, and authorities urged people to move to higher ground.
JAKARTA Reuters - A powerful earthquake struck off the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on Friday, triggering a two-hour tsunami warning that sent coastal-dwellers fleeing to higher ground and panicking people in the capital Jakarta. The U. S Geological Survey put the epicenter in the Indian Ocean about km miles from Teluk Betung city on Sumatra with an initial magnitude of 7 that was later lowered to 6.
Indonesian authorities urged coastal-dwellers to head for higher ground on Friday after a tsunami warning with potential for waves up to three metres 10 feet following a powerful earthquake off the islands of Sumatra and Java. The Indonesian geophysics agency issued the warning after the quake, which the U. Geological Survey initially said had a magnitude of 7 and hit at a depth of 59 km 37 milesabout km miles from the city of Teluk Betung.
Disaster officials said the early morning quake, initially measured at a magnitude of 6. A university building was slightly damaged and a bridge cracked in Ambon, about 40 km 25 miles from the epicenter, said Agus Wibowo, a spokesman for the disaster mitigation agency. Video posted on social media showed plaster and rubble scattered over floors and chairs in the Al Anshor Islamic boarding school in Ambon, the provincial capital, but a witness said no injuries were reported from the school.
Authorities lift tsunami warning hours after urging residents to 'evacuate to higher ground' following powerful tremor. The 6. Panicked residents fled their homes as the quake hit, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — The rock band was playing its second song of a set when a wave nearly 10 feet high burst through a backdrop behind the stagecrashed into the drummer, his drum set and the other musicians, and swept the stage into the audience. Many Indonesians were at the beaches on western Java and southern Sumatra celebrating a long Christmas weekend. The band was performing at a gathering for families of employees of Perusahaan Listrik Negara, the state electricity company.
Destruction from the tsunami extended hundreds of meters inland and stretched for thousands of kilometers. On Dec. A wall of water and debris slammed the shores of South Asia; some witnesses described it as sounding like a freight train.
A strong 6. The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17 kilometres off the east coast of Sulawesi island, the US Geological Survey said. Three light-to-moderate aftershocks occurred in the same area following the initial quake Friday, USGS reported. It warned that considerable damage was possible in poorly built or badly designed structures.
More than 11, people in six countries were killed today when the most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered huge tidal waves that hit coastlines across Asia. The death toll is almost certain to rise further as the full extent of the devastation emerges. Tourists, fishermen, hotels, homes and cars were swept away by walls of water unleashed by the 8.