An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.6 has struck under the sea off Indonesia’s northern Aceh province.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) said a tsunami had been generated but its likely impact was not yet clear. It advised national authorities across the Indian Ocean region to “take appropriate action”.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told reports in the capital that there had been no tsunami reports so far, “but we remain vigilant”.

"Our warning system is working well, and I have ordered the national relief team to fly immediately to Aceh to ensure the situation is under control and to take any necessary action," he said.

Bruce Presgrave of the USGS told the BBC that the quake was caused by the earth moving horizontally, rather than vertically, therefore had not displaced large volumes of water.

“We can’t rule out the possibility, but horizontal motion is less likely to produce a destructive tsunami,” he said.

Sutopo, a spokesman for Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency, said electricty was down in Aceh and there were traffic jams to access higher ground. “Sirens and Koran recitals from mosques are everywhere,” he told Reuters. 

The tremor was felt as far away as Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. 

Read More: BBC

Photos Source: MSNBC 


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