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The 7.2-magnitude undersea quake struck at 1:34 am local time (1734 GMT Wednesday), prompting Indonesia's geophysics agency to issue a tsunami alert, which was later revoked.
"A total of 42 people have been injured, with ten of them seriously," health ministry crisis centre head Rustam Pakaya told AFP by text message.
Nearly 700 homes as well as office buildings, schools and health clinics were damaged in the remote Talaud Islands in North Sulawesi province, local government spokesman Manurat said.
"About 309 buildings have been heavily damaged and 390 others suffered light to medium damage," he said.
Thousands of residents were camped outdoors on high ground out of fear of aftershocks and tsunamis.
"An estimated 5,000 residents have fled their homes," Manurat said.
Originally posted by OzWeatherman
Nothing new for Indonesia
We get earth tremors all the time here in Darwin, I mean we are less than 100kms from the souhtern edge of the country. This area is both active constantly with volcanic and earthquake events
MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s LAT
MAP 5.6 2009/02/13 12:37:51 3.809 126.836 36.3 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP 5.0 2009/02/13 11:31:53 3.976 126.834 66.8 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP 5.2 2009/02/13 07:56:09 3.766 126.862 54.7 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP 5.0 2009/02/13 06:28:46 4.067 126.792 64.1 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP 5.0 2009/02/13 04:28:15 4.197 127.023 9.4 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP 5.0 2009/02/13 03:29:00 3.845 126.944 81.7 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP 5.3 2009/02/13 02:24:26 3.750 126.677 71.3 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP 5.4 2009/02/13 02:17:51 -30.793 -178.217 58.6 KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s LAT
MAP 5.6 2009/02/13 16:49:12 3.694 127.089 35.0 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
MAP 5.2 2009/02/13 14:38:30 4.199 126.875 35.0 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
Prior to the eruption of 73,000 years ago, Toba had produced at least two earlier major eruptions 800,000 and 500,000 years ago. The earlier outbreaks were not as large as the colossal eruption of 73,000 years ago which is the only eruption of class VEI 8 to have taken place since primates have appeared on planet earth. The famous Krakatoa eruption (also near Sumatra) of 1883 was a minor event by comparison. The following charts and drawing try to illustrate the sequence of events of the eruption 73,000 years ago.
Toba, Indonesia's super volcano, almost wiped out mankind
73,000 years ago the eruption of an Indonesian super volcano was within inches of obliterating the whole of mankind. Only a few survived. After the Tsunami, Indonesias volcanoes have once again become active and the people are afraid.
Originally posted by CAPT PROTON
Just an observation, but why is there less emphasis on the supervolcano Toba than there is Yellowstone? Not sure if there are any Toba threads, but they would be outnumbered by the Yellowstone threads thats for sure.
Toba is bigger. 100 million people are at its mercy if it blows, and they will all die. Its in a location thats seismically unstable. It went off 75,000 years ago and brought mankind to his knees.
But Yellowstone has little earthquake flurries of about 3.5. The surrounding population is relatively small, and its destructive output has diminished over time. And while currently overdue it isn't making a whole lot of moves to show us that its coming alive.
That 9.0 tsunami quake was near Sumatra where Toba sleeps.
Does that not bother you? Does it not bother you that there are huge quakes all over in that area? Doesn't seem like it bothers you.
I guess if it ain't in the US, its no big deal, right?
If it does blow, cannibalism will be en vogue because of its location to the worlds largest population centers.
Red Cross and charity relief won't be able to help them because you'll be too busy trying to save yourselves before the food runs out, and it will too.
But I guess thats not as interesting as a stake through the heart of a super power.
During 2003 the PRSN located 947 tremors,
During 2002 the PRSN located 967 earthquakes
During the year 2001, 967 seismic events were reported
During year 2000, 735 events were located
Five hundred and eighty six earthquakes were located by the PRSN in 1999.
The PRSN located 469 earthquakes in the Puerto Rico region for 1997
The PRSN located 721 earthquakes in the Puerto Rico region for 1996
The PRSN located 644 earthquakes in the Puerto Rico region 1995
The PRSN located 816 events in the PR region 1994
The PRSN located 787 earthquakes in the PR region 1993
The PRSN located 678 earthquakes in the Puerto Rico region during 1992
During 1991 there were 364 local earthquakes registered by the network
During 1990 there were 314 local earthquakes registered by the network