11 April, 2012
[ hang nadim] VIDEO: Gempa 8.5 SR, Air Danau Toba Berpusar
Gempa berkekuatan besar dengan kekuatan 8.5 skala Richter yang melanda Pulau Sumatera pukul 15.38 Waktu Indonesia Barat terasa hingga Medan, Sumatera Utara.
Getaran gempa terasa cukup kuat berlaku kurang lebih 5 minit. Gempa juga terasa di sekitar wilayah Danau Toba. Seluruh masyarakat Parapat dan Pulau Samosir yang rumahnya berada di tepi danau ketakutan dan berlari ke luar rumah masing-masing.
Ketika itulah, fenomena aneh dilihat warga terjadi di Danau Toba, gunung berapi yang terbesar di Indonesia, bahkan di Asia Tenggara.
Air Danau Toba yang biasanya tenang, nampak berpusar bak aliran sungai deras, hingga warga yang sempat menyaksikan menjangka akan terjadi tsunami dari tengah danau. Tak sedikit warga yang panik dan khawatir.
Hingga saat ini tak diketahui apa penyebab air Danau Toba bergolak. Lihat videonya di tautan ini.
Amaran tsunami: 2,000 penduduk pesisir pantai Kota Kuala Muda dipindah
SUNGAI PETANI 11 April - Lebih 2,000 penduduk pesisir pantai di Kota Kuala Muda dekat sini dipindahkan ke penempatan sementara ekoran bimbang kemungkinan berlaku tsunami selepas gempa bumi kuat berukuran 8.9 skala Richter melanda Aceh, Indonesia petang ini.
Kebanyakan penduduk tersebut yang tinggal di Kampung Kepala Jalan, Kampung Padang Salim, Kampung Tepi Sungai dan Taman Permatang Katong kini dipindahkan ke Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kota Kuala Muda, dekat sini.
Bekas Pengerusi Penempatan Mangsa Tsunami Kota Kuala Muda, Yusoof Awang, 48, memberitahu, ramai penduduk merasai gegaran kira-kira pukul 4.50 petang tetapi tidak mengesyaki apa-apa.
"Bagaimanapun, selepas menonton berita televisyen memaklumkan kejadian di Aceh, penduduk mula berasa bimbang. Kira-kira pukul 5.45 petang siren amaran telah dibunyikan dan keadaan menjadi kelam-kabut apabila penduduk bergegas keluar dari rumah masing-masing.
Tsunami alert lifted by 8.36pm
PETALING JAYA: The tsunami alert for coastal regions in Malaysia was lifted some three hours after an earthquake struck off Aceh on the west coast of northern Sumatra.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, which had put 28 countries, including Malaysia, along the Indian Ocean on alert after the first quake, removed the warning at 7.51pm.
As at 8.36pm, the alert for all the countries had been lifted.
Earlier, Malaysia had been told to expect tsunami waves in George Town at about 9pm, followed by Port Dickson shortly before 2am.
Immediately after the warning, many took to Facebook and Twitter to warn the public.
Radio DJ Jin Lim, who tweets at @JinnyBoy, wrote: “Please stay away from the coastal areas of Penang, Perlis, Kedah, Langkawi and Perak. A Tsunami Warning has been issued by the Met Dept.”
Miszmuna, who tweets at @nmua21, wrote, “Keep praying for everyone who is under tsunami alert. Hopefully, everyone is safe.”
Meteorological Department director-general Datuk Dr Yap Kok Seng said it issued tsunami alerts to Perlis, Kedah, Penang and Perak.
However, he said that as at 6.05pm yesterday, the tsunami in Sabang, Indonesia, only measured 0.3m, adding that this was not high.
“The department is in touch with its Indonesian counterpart for updates,” he said.
In Putrajaya, the National Security Council ordered a temporary halt in ferry services in Langkawi, Kuala Perlis and Kuala Kedah and warned the public to stay away from beaches along the west coast.
Council secretary Datuk Thajudeen Abdul Wahab said all fishing boats in these areas were instructed to return, adding that the police were roped in to clear the beaches.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the Maritime Department was on “continual alert and observation”.
The Civil Aviation Department was also informed by authorities in Bangkok that the airport in Phuket was closed with the possibility of some flights to Phuket being diverted to KL International Airport.
Meanwhile, Malaysian students in Aceh and Padang have been reported to be safe with education attache and first secretary (Education) at the Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta, Ludinada Misnun saying that the students had been moved to higher ground as a precaution.
The embassy and the Malaysian Consulate-General in Medan has set up an operations room to receive calls on the matter.
The operations room's telephone number in Jakarta is +6221-52904081 or +6221-5224947 ext. 3023 while in Medan it is +6261-4531342 or +6261-4536271.
Strong quake hits Mexico, no major damage seen
Thursday April 12, 2012
MEXICO CITY, April 11 (Reuters) - A strong earthquake hit Mexico on Wednesday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people rushing out of offices onto the streets, though there were no early reports of major damage.
Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard said on his twitter account there were no initial signs of serious damage and that key services in the capital, including its subway system and the international airport, were operating normally.
"There was a nasty crunching sound in my bathroom and everything moved," said Adela Arceo, who was looking after two young children in the central Roma neighborhood of Mexico City.
There were no initial reports of casualties.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the 7.0 magnitude quake struck in the western state of Michoacan at a depth of 40.8 miles (65.6 km).
Emergency services in Michoacan and in the neighboring state of Guerrero, which has been hit by a series of recent quakes, reported no major problems on Wednesday.
The Honolulu-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said it had not issued a tsunami warning, but staff oceanographer David Walsh noted the quake was close to water, big enough and potentially deep enough to cause one.
It was the third major earthquake to hit Mexico in less than a month. A 7.4 magnitude quake struck on March 20, damaging hundreds of buildings in the southwest. That was followed by dozens of aftershocks.