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11 April 2012

8.6-magnitude earthquake hits waters off Indonesian seas on 11 April 2012

Yahoo News: Live: 8.6 magnitude quake rocks Indonesia

- Harish Jharia 

Banda Aceh, Indonesia

A massive earthquake of 8.6-magnitude hit waters off Indonesian seas on Wednesday, triggering widespread panic as residents along coastlines fled to high ground in cars and on motorcycles. A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after the tremor.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 8.6-magnitude quake was centered at 20 miles (33 kilometers) beneath the ocean surface around 269 miles (434 kilometers) away from Aceh's provincial capital shores.

The tremor was also felt in Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, Malaysia and India. High-rise apartments and offices on Malaysia's west coast shook for at least a minute.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami watch was in effect for Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Maldives and other Indian Ocean islands, Malaysia, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Iran, Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore.

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Meaning of Tsunami(Dictionary meaning = A large destructive oceanic-wave caused by an underwater earthquake or another movement of the Earth's surface)
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