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Earthquake: Powerful Potential Tsunami in Sumatra Happen Again


Indonesia has experienced devastating earthquakes and tsunami in Aceh and surrounding areas. Similar earthquake and tsunami that killed many people, such as December 26, 2004 incident could occur again in Sumatra. , And the new city rocked by an earthquake in Padang last year, as bidiknya line.

Thus warnings delivered seismology expert teams as reported by the AFP news agency on Monday (1/18/2010). The warning is contained in a letter to the journal Nature Geoscience.

The team is led by a leading scientist John McCloskey, a professor at the Research Institute of Environmental Science at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. McCloskey famous since the Sumatra earthquake prediction is fairly accurate in 2005.

It is said that team, that danger comes from the buildup of constant pressure in the last two centuries in this part of the Sunda trench (the Sunda Trench), one of the most terrible earthquake zone in the world, which runs parallel to the coast of western Sumatra.

“The threat of a devastating earthquake causes tsunami with more than 8.5 scale power in the Mentawai patch …. There does not decreasing the potential for casualties of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami,” the commemoration.

Not mentioned at any time of the incident. But clearly reminded of the dangers to Padang, a city with a population of 850 thousand inhabitants located in risky areas.

“The threat to the event is clear and urgent need for action is very high,” the seismological experts are warning.

More than 220 thousand people died in the tsunami disaster December 26, 2004 when an earthquake measuring 9.3 on the Richter scale shook the northern part of the Sunda trench.

In March 2005 then, McCloskey has warned that the earthquake that occurred on December 26, 2004 has created major pressure on the part of the huddle of disability in the south. He said that, the vibrations in the region by force 8.5 earthquake on the Richter Scale with a capacity that is able to create a tsunami will occur and to remind local governments to get ready.

McCloskey prediction proved correct in two weeks. On March 28, 2005, an earthquake with a strength of 8.6 on the Richter Scale struck the island of Simeulue and create three-meter high tsunami.

Now the team McCloskey reminded the Indonesian government to take steps to prepare themselves against the risk of subsequent earthquakes in Padang in Padang after a devastating earthquake on September 30, 2009.

“It’s essential that the Indonesian government with the help of international community and nongovernmental organizations, ensuring that they complete and relief efforts after the earthquake resistant construction of this earthquake, and work together with people of Padang to help them prepare for the next earthquake,” they concluded.

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