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2010-10-26 08:35:00

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit 48 miles west of South Pagai in the Mentawai islands late Monday touched off a tsunami that wiped out the coastal Indonesian village of Betu Monga, where many residents are missing and feared dead, officials said on Tuesday. "Of the 200 people living in that village, only 40 have been found. 160 are still missing, mostly women and children," Hardimansyah, an official with the regional branch of the Department of Fisheries, told Reuters by phone. "We have...

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2010-01-18 07:40:00

Indonesia may be looking at a catastrophe as a huge tsunami-generating earthquake is possibly expected to hit the city of Padang and the island of Sumatra. A warning was issued by a scientist who miraculously predicted the quake that hit Sumatra in 2005. The warning was issued in a letter to the journal Nature Geoscience. The peril comes from a relentless buildup of pressure over the last two centuries on a section of the Sunda Trench, one of the world's most notorious earthquake zones, which...

2008-12-03 13:31:33

Recent seismic activity not enough to release strain in the area's subduction zone, the researchers report in the journal NatureThe subduction zone that brought us the 2004 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake and tsunami is ripe for yet another large event, despite a sequence of quakes that occurred in the Mentawai Islands area in 2007, according to a group of earthquake researchers led by scientists from the Tectonics Observatory at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)."From what we saw,"...

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2005-06-27 06:21:07

When will the next Indonesian tsunami strike? With last December's tragedy and a second large earthquake in the area just three months later, that's more than just an abstract scientific question. But there is no scientific answer. "If anyone tells you they know, they're pulling your leg," says geophysics professor Rob McCaffrey of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. The Dec. 26 tsunami, the most devastating in recorded history, was triggered by the biggest earthquake in 40...


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