Indian Ocean tsunami alert lifted

11th Apr 2012
Indian Ocean tsunami alert lifted

A tsunami watch which was declared after two earthquakes hit Indonesia’s Aceh province has now been cancelled, according to reports.

Tourists were urged to evacuate coastal resorts in the Indian Ocean after two earthquakes struck.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) advised authorities to take appropriate action.

The earthquake struck 308 miles southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, at a depth of 20.5 miles, according to the U.S. Geological survey.

The quake was felt in the Thai capital Bangkok and as far as southern India. Hundreds of office workers in the Indian city of Bangalore evacuated their buildings, but no casualties were reported, according to reports.


The region is regularly hit by earthquakes. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed 170,000 people in Aceh.


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