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NEWS: Nias Rocked by Quake Measuring 6.1

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posted on Apr, 17 2005 @ 05:01 AM
The embattled island of Nias, already reeling from a series of earthquakes including Decembers 9.1 earthquake and subsequent tsunami has been shaken by yet another quake measuring 6.1 on the richter scale. The quake sparked fears of a tsunami with residents panicking and running for higher ground. The earthquake's epicentre was situated between 20 and 40 kilometres underground 107 kilometres northwest from the island.
The Indonesian Meteorological and Geophysical Agency in Jakarta said the epicentre was about 107km north-west of Nias island, which was hit by an 8.7 magnitude quake on March 28 that killed at least 600 people.

"People were running to the hill, they're afraid of a possible tsunami and local officials told them to calm down," aid worker Setyoaji Prajudi told Reuters via telephone.

Indonesia - especially Sumatra - has been hit by daily aftershocks since the massive earthquake on December 26 that led to a devastating tsunami.

Nias, about 1,400 km north-west of Jakarta, is a remote and rugged island off Sumatra famed as a surfing paradise.

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The earthquake caused a power failure to the island for about 30 minutes with no reported injuries or major damage from the shaking. The tsunami fears were unfounded with residents later returing to the area.

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[edit on 17-4-2005 by Mayet]

posted on Apr, 17 2005 @ 05:37 AM

From wikipedia-

On December 26, 2004 the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake struck a few kilometers north of the island, creating tsunamis as high as 10 meters. 122 people were killed and hundreds more rendered homeless.

On March 28, 2005, the island was again hit by the 2005 Sumatran earthquake, initially presumed to be an aftershock following the 2004 quake, but now regarded as the second-most powerful earthquake in the world since 1965. At least 300 people are reported dead, with the possibility of more than 2,000 casualties. Hundreds of buildings have toppled, and many thousands have been made homeless.

This is another of those places not to be.

Nias is well known in the 'surfing world' for its spectacular tubes.

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Archeology site of area

Impressive amount of charts and drawings shwoing instability in entire Sumatra area.

[edit on 17-4-2005 by JoeDoaks]

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