Saturday, January 3, 2009

Tsunami Warning Issued After Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Hits Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia-Authorities and witnesses say a strong earthquake in eastern Indonesia has sent panicked residents running outside.The country's meteorology and seismology agency warned that with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 it was strong enough to cause a tsunami. There were no immediate reports of giant waves.It struck at 2:43 p.m. EST, around 85 miles off of Manokwari, Irian Jaya, at a depth of about 6 miles.Hasim Rumatiga, a local health official, said electricity went off and residents ran to higher ground. Indonesia straddles a chain of faultlines and volcanoes known as the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is prone to seismic activity.A huge quake off western Indonesia caused the 2005 Asian tsunami that killed around 230,000 people.
As in the days of Noah...

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