8.7 and 8.2 earthquake in Aceh Indonesia
April 2012 disaster seems to be the 8.7 and 8.2 earthquake with small tsunami near Aceh, Indonesia. It has caused small damage to buildings and largescale evacuation of several thousands in about 28 countries around the Indian Ocean. It caused panic around the region and thank God many are prepared due to the lesson learnt in the 2005 tsunami. The other possible considered disaster is the Kashmir avalanche that killed 138 people a few days ago.
Indian Ocean on tsunami watch after Sumatra quake
Posted: 11 April 2012 1912 hrs
WASHINGTON - US monitors issued an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami watch following a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra Wednesday but said it appeared to have only generated small waves.
Victor Sardina, a geophysicist with the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii, told AFP the tsunami was "not anywhere near" as large as the devastating tsunamis that struck Asia in 2004 and Japan last year.
He said the tsunami measured a mere 35 centimetres (14 inches) near Padang, Indonesia, but could swell to as high as a metre (three feet) near Sri Lanka, adding that US scientists were still carefully monitoring the situation.
Earlier, the center said "earthquakes of this size have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami" but that it was not yet clear if such a tsunami had actually been generated.
The US Geological Survey said an 8.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra at 2:38 pm (0838 GMT) at a depth of 33 kilometers (14.2 miles), revising earlier reports of a deeper, stronger quake.
The epicenter was some 435 kilometers (270 miles) from Banda Aceh, Indonesia, one of the hardest-hit areas in the December 26, 2004 tsunami that wrought devastation across the Indian Ocean and killed some 220,000 people.
The earthquake that caused the 2004 tsunami had a magnitude of 9.2, but also a much stronger vertical component, whereas Wednesday's earthquake was more horizontally directed, Sardina said.
Last year, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, killing some 19,000 people.
Pakistani soldiers buried by avalanche
The News - Natural Disasters
April 07, 2012
An avalanche has smashed into a Pakistani army base on a Himalayan glacier close to India, burying about 130 soldiers.
Rescue efforts were under way on the Siachen Glacier, where thousands of Pakistani and Indian troops are based, a security official said. The military is yet to release a formal statement.
The official said the snow had hit a battalion headquarters in Gayari on the glacier at 5.45am.
Siachen is on the northern tip of the divided Kashmir region claimed by both India and Pakistan.
The neighbouring countries have deployed troops at elevations of up to 6,700 metres (22,000ft) there. There have been intermittent skirmishes since 1984, and the region is known as the world's highest battlefield.
More soldiers have died from the harsh weather there than combat.
Last edited by CWH; 04-11-2012 at 04:34 AM.
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