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South East Asian tsunami warnings were cancelled

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Tsunami warnings that were issued for the Indian Ocean on Wednesday had mostly been cancelled three hours after the expected wave was said to threaten the region’s coastlines.

Thailand issued a warning to people at the country’s west coast that they should move to higher ground after a 8.7 earthquake had hit near Sumatra. The power went out in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

Warnings were issued in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka too. An aftershock caused Indonesia to issue a second warning, along with reports of the water receding ten meters.

Reports mentioned five meter high waves at Aceh, Indonesia, that were said to have caused damage to roads and other infrastructure, but the extent remained unclear.

In Thailand, the Ao Nang and Krabi regions were concerned, same as were hit by the 2004 tsunami.

However, some experts doubted on Wednesday that the quake would generate any tsunami waves. About two hours after the warnings were issued, no signs of a major wave had been reported, according to several news media, somewhat contradicting the reports from Aceh.

The quake struck 308 miles southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, at a depth of 20.5 miles, the U.S. Geological survey said to Reuters.


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