The Sumatran earthquake

Another earthquake hit western Sumatra early this morning. That region has really suffered. Reports on the earthquake differed initially on its magnitude, from 8.2 on MSNBC to 8.5 (Today), but the USGS seems to have it definitely at 8.7 now. That's about half the strength of December's quake, which still means it was pretty big, though fortuitously no tsunami ensued.

Tremors were felt over here in Singapore (see Today and Mr Brown for info), but that was the extent of the effects here. Sadly, the residents of Nias Island were not so lucky - MSNBC has the estimated number dead at 1000-2000.

The SEA-EAT blog has up-to-date news, as always (proud to have contributed in any small way to that site).


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