Indonesia issues tsunami warning after strong quake

August 26th, 2008 - 12:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, Aug 26 (DPA) Indonesia issued a tsunami warning Tuesday after a powerful earthquake struck parts of the western tip of Java and southern Sumatra province of Lampung, seismologists said.The quake, measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale, struck under the Indian Ocean at about 10:07 a.m., occurred at a depth of 20 km, Indonesia’s National Meteorology and Geophysics Agency said in a short message.

The quake was located at about 125-km northwest of Ujungkulon in the southwestern tip of Java, about 630 km southwest of Jakarta.

Indonesia’s geological agency issued tsunami warnings. National TV stations broke into their programming to relay the alerts.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, the edge of a tectonic plate prone to seismic upheaval. A major earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck on Dec 26, 2004, leaving more than 170,000 people dead or missing in Indonesia’s Aceh province and left half a million homeless.

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