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Huge casualties are being reported following tidal waves and earth tremors in countries across southern and eastern Asia.
Large tidal waves striking coastal parts of Sri Lanka have reportedly killed at least 150 people.
Electricity and telephone networks in the area have stopped working, making it difficult to confirm the extent of the damage, the BBC's Rachel Harvey in Jakarta reports.
Several houses in the towns of Banda Aceh and Lhokseumawe are said to have been damaged or washed away in flash floods.
A witness interviewed by a local radio station reported seeing nine bodies in Banda Aceh, where part of the town's largest hotel is said to have collapsed.
At least 162 people were reported killed in Sri Lanka after the quake, which seismologists said measured 6.8 on the Richter scale, struck in the Indian ocean southwest of Aceh province on Sumatra island and sparked panic across the region.
Sri Lanka's eastern and southern coastline was one of the worst hit areas, with rescuers saying at least 162 people had been killed by tidal waves that battered villages. story
MASSIVE tidal waves hit eastern and southern Sri Lanka today causing flash floods and displacing thousands of people, police said.
Reports from the coastal area suggested that a stretch of more than 500km from Trincomalee in the island's east to Galle in the south had been hit by huge tidal waves, but in many places water had receded. story
HUGE tidal waves struck southern Thailand's popular resort island of Phuket today, sweeping at least four foreign tourists out to sea, sinking boats and forcing the evacuation of hotels, officials said on state radio.
The Thai Meteorological Department said the waves had been caused by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean. The waves that lashed the eastern sea board were caused by the aftershocks of an earthquake off Indonesia.
"There were reports of earth tremors from the southern and eastern regions as well as Colombo this morning," Spokesman S Premalal said.
"This phenomenon of waves is a result of the earthquake in the Indian Ocean."
Police said thousands of people had been forced out of their homes while hundreds of homes along the coast had also been washed away. story
AT LEAST 150 people were killed after a tsunamai triggered by an earthquake off the Andaman islands in the Indian Ocean struck Sri Lanka today, district oficials said.
The worst-hit area appeared to be the tourist region of the south and east and the chairman of the John Keells hotel chain said five of his hotels had been badly flooded.
No communications were available with the low-lying Maldive islands to the south.
Further details were not immediately available. story
A HUGE earthquake rocked Indonesia today, unleashing tidal waves and flash floods across Asia that swamped coastal areas and displaced thousands.
First Lieutenant Suyitno of Aceh's southwestern Sigli district police, said that water began to rise some 30 minutes after the quake and added that hundreds of people residing near the coast or along rivers had been evacuated.
Suyitno said the depth of the flood was around one metre. full story
Unconfirmed radio reports said at least nine people had been killed in Indonesia. Waves up to five metres high hit the coast of Aceh forcing hundreds to flee to higher ground.
In Aceh, a region currently closed off to foreign media and aid agencies due to a long-running separatist conflict, there were unconfirmed reports of casualties, with buildings including a mosque and a hotel collapsing. story
Originally posted by Banshee
7.3 mag off the coast of India now.
This is really, really bad guys.....
Originally posted by skychief
Could we be in for some major activity over the next few weeks?