Double 8.6 and 8.2 strike ocean floor off the coast of Sumatra – tsuanmi warnings downgraded

April 11, 2012 INDONESIAA massive earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Wednesday afternoon, triggering a tsunami alert for the Indian Ocean. The quake struck about 434 kilometers (270 miles) southwest of Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia’s Aceh province, and had a magnitude of 8.6, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It took place at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles). The massive earthquake was followed by a 6.0 in the north Indian Ocean and then a 8.2 earthquake near the main epicenter. The tremor revived fearful memories of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in the region in 2004 that killed tens of thousands of people. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Wednesday that it had issued a tsunami watch for the entire Indian Ocean, and the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said it had put up a tsunami warning. The Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said on local television that there were no reports of casualties or damage in Aceh so far. The areas most at risk of a tsunami are coastal areas of Aceh, particularly the island of Simeulue, Prih Harjadi, an official for the Indonesian geophysics agency said on Metro TV. The earthquake appears to have involved a horizontal movement rather than a vertical movement, so it is less likely that it will generate a tsunami, said Gary Gibson from the Seismology Research Center in Melbourne, Australia. He also said that the tremor took place a long way offshore and was therefore unlikely to have caused much damage itself. The power has gone out in Banda Aceh and residents are moving to higher ground, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency. The authorities in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands have ordered people to move out of low-lying areas. –CNN
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65 Responses to Double 8.6 and 8.2 strike ocean floor off the coast of Sumatra – tsuanmi warnings downgraded

  1. Paula says:

    How do they know it ripped the ocean floor.??

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  2. kristoffer94 says:

    Moder Earth, what is happening to you?

    Have you heard if it is some deaths?

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  3. Dave says:

    “Roger Musson, seismologist at the British geological survey who has studied Sumatra’s fault lines, said that tremor was a strike-slip quake, not a thrust quake, which causes the sea bed to flip up. “When I first saw this was an 8.7 near Sumatra, I was fearing the worst,” he said. “But as soon as I discovered what type of earthquake it was, then I felt a lot better.”

    I think that was BBC news, I can’t find the source. So horizontal displacement rather than vertical…
    Some rumours that the second large shock was a thrust event though which if true will be v. unusual and may generate a larger tsunami

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    • Thiruvananthapuram, April 11: The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has once again put out an Indian Ocean-wide tsunami alert after a mega aftershock of M8.3 to the afternoon M8.6 event. The strong aftershock followed closely the United States Geological Survey (USGS) discounting the possibility of a devastating tsunami wave being triggered by the original quake event. This was based on the assumption that the original event might have been ‘strike-slip’ (horizontal movment of the tectonic plates) as against a mega thrust (involving uplift of the seabed from a vertical plate movement). The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (Incois) at Hyderabad assessed that earthquakes of this size are capable of generating ocean-wide tsunamis, which can effect the areas in entire Indian Ocean. Authorities should be aware of this possibility.

      http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/article3303249.ece?homepage=true

      The Indonesian geologists are calling it a megathurst earthquake.

      http://www.mediaindonesia.com/read/2012/04/11/312143/126/101/-Gempa-Mega-Thrust-Potensi-Tsunami-Kecil

      And the British geologist might be right. Let’s wait and see what the final analysis is

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  4. nickk0 says:

    Holy cow…… I heard about the quake this morning, but didn’t realize that it was a DOUBLE quake event, until now.
    This is the first ‘double’ 8+ magnitude earthquake that I recall hearing about, in my lifetime !!

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  5. king Kevin says:

    Getting much more frequent. Birthing pains?? Also BTW out of respect not to call you out, they lost 250,000(that’s a quarter of a million people )n 2004 so it would be an uneasy feeling. Stay smart stay safe

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  6. richfish30 says:

    I have to agree with nikko,
    Double 8.+ quake event…very strange!!

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  7. Wiseguy says:

    Electric universe: Alignment with Earth, Sun, Jupiter = Earthquake 8.6 SUmatra.
    Beginning to think Mayans were maybe right about alignment with center of our galaxy on december 21st !!!
    Also a list of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded: a lot after 2004…Ouch

    – 1960: CHILI 9,5
    – 2004: ASIE 9,3
    – 1964: ALASKA 9,2
    – 1952: URSS 9
    – 2011: JAPON 9
    – 1906: ÉQUATEUR 8,8
    – 2010: CHILI 8,8
    – 1965: ALASKA 8,7
    – 2005 – INDONÉSIE 8,7
    – 2012 – INDONÉSIE 8,6
    – 1957: ALASKA 8,6

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    • I just saw that Wiseguy. 50% of the strongest earthquakes that have struck the world since 1900, occurred in the last 8 years but as the USGS said, there is nothing to worry about and earthquakes are not increasing in either frequency or severity.

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      • radiogirl says:

        What does the landscape look like as of today’s quake? There being 2 events registering 8 plus seems to be very significant.Pressure build up?As for the statements by the USGS …..we all may agree at this point …events are increasing.Thank you for your information and insight,R

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      • 2004
        2004 9.1 Indian Ocean earthquake

        These are only warning signs and are indicative of rising tension tearing at the fractured and turbulent crust that lies beneath this part of the Ring of Fire. There are aftershocks near the epicenter but the concern is the tremors that are rippling northward in the Indian Ocean. The pattern is eerily similar to the 2004 event.

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      • Dan says:

        Yep this is normal, when we financially collapse, this is normal, it happened before. Volcanic, earthquake and climate increase by 200% in a decade and it’s all normal my sheep…I’m mean my people. If they only told us what is really happening, they know of course, they wouldn’t prop up the fininancial world and drag out everything with more debt etc unless they knew that there was no future for a recovery, might as well logically speaking combine financial and environmental disaster together, no point having any problems before.

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    • Garth Colin Whelan says:

      I didn’t realize there were many powerful quakes also in the 60’s. One interesting event in the sixties though is this:

      People feared global cooling, as world temperatures had been steadily decreasing every year since before the 40’s. These earthquakes happen, 9.6 Chile, 9.2 Alaska, 8.7 Alaska, then suddenly we change and have a steadily increasing heating trend. Are these related do you think?

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  8. Kathy says:

    Alvin, Once again, thank you for all of the great info. Thanks to the EP family, too. I live in a major U.S. city and only heard of the earthquake in a little “blurp” on the radio, this morning.

    God’s Blessings.

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  9. Paul Demorest says:

    1054 am EDT this is the first time in recorded history of two Plus 8 Mag Earthquakes on the same day, from what I have gathered so far over twenty aftershocks, and lets hope its not foreshocks, and Alvin nailed it with the Ripping as this was a horizontal event or events…

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    • nickk0 says:

      I wonder what the USGS and Geologists will have to say about x2 8-magnitude quakes in one day ??

      You’re right, if these were to turn out to be ‘only’ Foreshocks…… Now that, would really Suck. 😦

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  10. sharilynne says:

    I hate to say this but it’s true. Last Saturday (4/7) I had a vision of an earthquake in the Indian Ocean. I could see the ripple of the tsunami spreading out across the ocean. I saw the word Sumatra and saw that it would take water. I told a friend of mine later that day that it was so strange that I would have such a vision. I am freaking out!

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    • pagan66 says:

      sharilynne – Please don’t let your vision freak you out, document it & any others you have faithfully & warn people of impending danger if you can do so. Many, many people who have never been open to such things are now experiencing startling dreams & visions of coming events, it’s almost like the lateral side of their brains has been switched on. My own dreams are intensifying in occurence & the feeling of vertigo I get – where it feels as if the Earth has stopped spinning – has been off the wall lately.

      Peace & Blessings

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      • sharilynne says:

        pagan66 – Thank you so much! Your words are a comfort to me. I’ve been having so many visions and dreams, and I am glad you are telling me to document them. I considered writing a blog because I have them at least twice a week now and they are stepping up with frequency. But with the government monitoring everything – I’m too afraid of that. It also comforts me to know that others are experiencing this too, and I think God is channeling through many of us. Again, your thoughts are a gift pagan66 – Peace and Blessings right back to you!!!

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  11. sealed says:

    “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” Romans 8:19-23

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  12. K says:

    I saw there wasn’t a monster tsunami and for that I am grateful. However my alert thing keeps showing me tsunami warnings because of aftershocks, maybe? I didn’t realize it was a double 8+. I woke up about 630 and it said a 8.9 and I thought for sure a huge tsunami.

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  13. Phyllis says:

    wow,this is really big,one of my friends have been watching these earthquakes for a while too and this was one area that was on the something big gonna happen soon list,this is awesome,why are they the USGS so blind that they keep denying that anything is getting worse?

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  14. Colleen says:

    This is scary folks! The earth is splitting apart and there is nothing we can do about it. We need to stay close to Jesus. For He is shouting His very iminent return.

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    • pagan66 says:

      I seriously hope He returns soon then, His imminent return is taking long enough, 2,000 or so years to be exact. In the meantime these people in Indonesia – who many like yourself believe in the return of the benelovent Lord Jesus – are experiencing intense fear which is very real & very frightening to them. Spare a thought for them please.

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  15. yamkin says:

    ****MAGNETOSPHERE ALERT UPDATE*****
    ENERGY SPIKE ON MAGNETOSPHERE AT 17:40 hrs UTC
    FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY AND OTHER DISASTERS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE.

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    • I’ld call that a warning. It’s the first strike-slip I’ve heard of that large, especially under water. Whatever forces that unsettled this region may not be over.

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      • Brandon says:

        Alvin,
        Do you think this unprecedented event may be a sign that change is sweeping across the planet and that these earth changes/birth pangs are about to signal the Tribulation hour?

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      • Yes, it’s sweeping across the planet and we haven’t seen just how bad and can and will get yet. The events are getting stronger. The Tribulation is the persecution of believers as the world tries to impose uniformity and force religion observance by law to stop these events from happening.

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  16. tonic says:

    Mexico! Ping pong between opposite sides of the Earth. Is there is a danger that this may start to resonate, start to vibrate worldwide.? April 12th, a day like no other. Unbelievable.

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  17. Hannah says:

    7.0 Mexico. Could be wild ride. Also 5.9 Oregon.

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  18. mspat2 says:

    There was a rumor on another site that indicated watch out for April 23rd (large quake). Well 12 days early on the prediction. Unless… never mind the thought!

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  19. I got a blog link … scientists werent expecting EQs in this specific area. In fact the area is used as an example of a ridge that does not have earthquakes. Science scratching their heads on this one.

    http://lithics.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/the-oddity-of-the-banda-aceh-earthquake/

    Additonally in response to your quote:
    “50% of the strongest earthquakes that have struck the world since 1900, occurred in the last 8 years but as the USGS said, there is nothing to worry about and earthquakes are not increasing in either frequency or severity.”

    I’m still waiting for someone to explain the data on this one. o.O

    http://lithics.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/the-oddity-of-the-banda-aceh-earthquake/

    Thanks for the article … very interesting times indeed.

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    • Pete Rowley says:

      There’s a lot of rampant speculation going on in these comments, so let me provide some clarity.

      First of all, most of the reason we have an apparently much higher frequency of very large earthquakes more recently is very simply that our seismic monitoring network is a lot more developed now, so we have better records. There is a slightly higher occurrence in the last 40 years, but it is statistically insignificant – natural events do not happen in nice timely intervals.

      Secondly, this is not the largest strike slip motion ever recorded. It is also not hugely unusual for strike slip earthquakes to be this large. Indeed, there is no reason why they should be smaller magnitude than any other earthquake. You have to bare in mind that the San Andreas fault under California is a strike slip earthquake, and responsible for some very large quakes indeed.

      The reason this event is described as unusual by geologists is that it is not occurring on the main fault segments in the region. That said, there is a good geological reason for that – the india-australia plate is being buckled and twisted, which leads to a stress build up in that part of the plate. There is precedent for this earthquake, there is reason for this earthquake, it is simply whether this fault is a new activation or a reactivation of an older one which is of interest.

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      • radiogirl says:

        I can appreciate your reply as being quite reasonable in regards to nature of the strike -slip earthquake.What is occurring at this point in time is indeed a change in our overall processes of our planet and planets of our solar system.There is no dispute or recently improved record keeping that can account for these facts.We have been observing and measuring planets ,weather and earthquakes for a long time with incredible accuracy as well as astounding detailed recording.
        I can say that my husband who has been in his field for over 30 years and what he is doing now is directly linked to safety,climate and geophysical changes.Since Japan assessments have ramped up his services and he works internationally ….so yes these changes are anticipated to continue.

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      • Pete Rowley says:

        There is no evidence *whatsoever* that the planet is seeing some ‘change in our overall processes’, or that anything like that is happening in other planets of our solar system.

        There have been a large number of large events recently, but there was a small amount of events 30-40 years ago. While to the human timescale that looks like a pattern, on a geological timescale it is nothing but statistical noise.

        The earth (and other planets) are dynamic systems, which have natural variation. There is – and let me be very clear about this – no indication whatsoever that there is some kind of paradigm shift in how Earth and other planets are behaving. Any claim of such is not based in scientific evidence.

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      • tonic says:

        Thank you for taking the time to add your knowledge to what is happening with these quakes.
        I could ask you why honeybees are in big trouble, (crazy as it sounds, lose them and we all starve) why the outer planets are showing events we have not seen before, why Britain is short of water in March, why the Sun is almost without sunspots during solar maximum, why flooding is displacing people in certain parts of the world, and drought in other parts, etc. And I have no doubt that you could answer each of then with a logical explanations as you have in your post. The problem I have is why they are all happening right now.
        Please understand that this is not an attack of any kind, and I agree with most of what you have said.

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      • Pete Rowley says:

        Tonic, I have spent some time discussing these issues with various people, so let me respond point by point:

        Honey bees are in trouble due to colony collapse disorder. There are many possible causes, but importantly, it is not a new phenomenon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_collapse_disorder

        What events are the outer planets seeing? I’m not aware of any specific event, only rather vague sounding references.

        The water shortages, droughts and displacement of people is all attributable to the onset of climate change. That is demonstrably a result of increased CO2 levels due to human activity. That is NOT the same as a broad overturning of some cosmic balance – it is simply a climatic response to an input of stuff that wasn’t there before. It’s bad, and we should do what we can to stop it. That does not mean it’s related to these other unconnected systems.

        The sunspot issue is not actually the case – a solar maximum is defined by the number of sunspots, so if there are no sunspots, it’s NOT a solar maximum. The sun has cycles, wherein it goes through a period of regular peaks and troughs, then enters more stable windows. It looks like we’re heading into one of those. Again, this is not unusual or anything to be concerned about.

        The desire to connect these disparate events is natural – humans succeeded because we spot patterns. The proble is that we’re too good at spotting them – we look for patterns where there are none. You might as easily notice that I have a cup of tea at 9 am on weekday mornings and there is a bus parked outside. If one day the bus is late, and I don’t have a cup of tea it does not mean the two are related.

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      • Brandon says:

        Sorry Pete, but this is abnormal. Scientists even called this quake an odd duck and said it was highly unusual to see this large of a slip strike to occur in that location.

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      • Pete Rowley says:

        To clarify, I am a geologist. The earthquake is *unusual* in that these types do not happen often. That does not mean that we think there’s something *abnormal* going on. To clarify my usage of these two words – seeing geese fly solo rather than in a flock is unusual. Seeing them fly backwards is abnormal.

        The interest geologists have in this fault is that when a large earthquake happenede in that broad location we expected it to be in the subduction zone. Whene we actually located it it turned out to be off the subduction zone, and moving in a different way. That was the source of the surprise. The mechanism for it being there has actually largely been settled on (see the comment at the end of my blog post linked above). The only remaining oddity is that the earthquake was so large. That in itself is not impossible under the stress conditions existing in this location, particularly as the earthquake was so deep. That allows us to infer that the oceanic crust here is likely over-thickened (probably as a result of the Kerguelan hotspot track), allowing a thicker brittle region of lithosphere, and hence the support for larger magnitude earthquakes.

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  20. Olah..
    If you go to the USGS site http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/ and set the sliders for OVER 5 on the Richter Scale and slide the age of Quake cursor from 30 days to 2 you get the following results:
    DAYS/Quakes over 5
    30/144
    04/51
    02/49

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  21. Brandon says:

    Alvin,
    What do you think about the statement that there’s no evidence the planet is changing, etc? I know it’s nonsense but I thought I would seek expert council.

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    • im

      Everyone is entitled to their opinion and the way sensory information is received and decoded by the brain varies with each experience- thus what constitutes truth is subjective relative to the observer. That interpretation or simulacra is also filtered by our own personal experiences and education. The same science that calls the universe a dimension of quantum physics where subatomic particles are interconnected, dynamic, and always in a state of change and motion is the same science that consigns Earth to static periods of geologic uniformtarianism. Energy in space propagates at the speed of light but events take millions of years to change on Earth because geology is still based on the Newtonian model of seeing the Earth as nothing more than a mechanical clock and if you challenge this belief; you’re not following the dictums of science. The Earth is apart of the same cosmos as space, the last time I checked.

      Not long ago, if was thought ships would fall off the edge of the world if they sailed too far. Nothing is always there beyond our mind’s ability to believe or conceive it.

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      • Phyllis says:

        they will realize something is wrong when its too late for them and they will have no one to blame but themselves.

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  22. Kathy says:

    I’ve read that the 5 deaths, as a result of the earthquakes, were caused by heart attacks.
    Luke 21: 26Men’s hearts will fail them for fear and for looking upon those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

    God Bless us.

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  23. tonic says:

    Pete, thank you for taking the trouble to reply. All explained logically, as I knew you could. Problem is, I am not desperate to connect events, just really worried, and very aware, about what has happened in the world in the 50 plus years I have been in it. And nothing I can, or could say, will shift the position you have taken on this. Please stay with this site. God bless.

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    • Brandon says:

      Tonic,
      Something is wrong with our planet and there’s no denying it. Alvin works so hard to warn the masses but they just scoff which is what the Bible said would happen. Keep the faith and do not live in fear.

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  24. yamkin says:

    Earth Is Cracking Up

    A leading geologist from Romania says something is seriously wrong. I can’t disagree with the guy, have you seen the weather lately? By latey I mean the last year and a half. We live in interesting times, and thats not a good thing, its a chinese curse.

    A leading earthquake scientist has warned that the planet could be cracking up after a series of massive quakes in just 48 hours.

    Expert Gheorghe Marmureanu – from Romania’s National Institute of Earth Physics – says 39 quakes had hit the globe within two days.

    The series started with two massive quakes in Indonesia measuring 8.6 and 8.2 on the Richter scale rapidly followed by three more only slightly smaller in Mexico within hours.

    “There is no doubt that something is seriously wrong. There have been too many strong earthquakes,” said Marmureanu.

    He added: “The quakes are a surprise that cannot be easily explained by current scientific knowledge. With the Indonesian quake for example, statistically, there should be one big earthquake in this part of Asia every 500 years. However, since 2004, there were already three quakes with a magnitude of over 8, which is not normal.

    http://beforeitsnews.com/story/2025/660/Quake_Expert:_Earth_Is_Cracking_Up.html

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    • Maybe, one day they’ll believe before the cities start crumbling….

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      • yamkin says:

        That’s right. I use all of my spare time studying the earth changes and NASA and co lie too many times and many people believe them no matter what is said. I remember last year when I knew a massive CME was on the way, but because NASA/NOAA said nothing, some slated me left right and centre, but I was right all along and these people were speechless. They follow me like a hawk now!!!!! We have got another CME on the way. I know solarham and others say no, we shall see. Also, at 22:00 hrs for the past 7 weeks, high energy particles strike the magnetosphere. These particles are not from the sun. Interesting times ahead.

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    • tonic says:

      Hi Yamkin. I do not think anything will change until the gas pumps suddenly dry up, or the light switch does not work anymore. As the world stands today, feels like either could happen in the blink of eye.

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      • nickk0 says:

        Tonic – This REALLY hits the nail right on the head:
        “….do not think anything will change until the gas pumps suddenly dry up, or the light switch does not work anymore.”
        That is probably one of the sagest comments on this site I have read.

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  25. tonic says:

    Hi nickko, Thank you, but not sagest, just cynicism, comes with old age! And maybe, seeing how much our world has turned inwards. Imagine if tomorrow you bought a newspaper, and every headline was an earth awareness post, like what this site wakes us up to. Ever wonder how the masses would react? Odd as it sounds, maybe it might be a good thing that most people are still asleep. At least everybody who checks into this site regularly, will not wake up to a nightmare, and may be in a position to help those who have no idea what is happening.

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  26. Will says:

    These earthquakes are in keeping with the 188 day earthquake cycle theory. While we were expecting it around March 22nd, April 11th is still very close. In fact the April 11th date is more in keeping with the ‘cycle’ because it reinforces that the Heavy Mass Object (HMO) that might be approaching us is accelerating due to the increase in gravitation with the sun. This would suggest that earth needs more time to swing around the sun and catch up to the ‘alignment line’ between the HMO and the sun. Thus, in theory, every year the length of time increases slightly to account for the acceleration of the hypothesized object.

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