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Little damage caused by earthquakes

Publish Date:12 Apr 2020
Related Hazard(s):Seismic
Related Countri(es):Indonesia

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The 8.6 magnitude earthquake and 8.2 magnitude aftershock on 11 April caused the death of five persons and some structural damage in Aceh. Small waves reached the coastline but neither they nor the earthquake caused significant damage as was initially expected when ocean-wide tsunami warnings were issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. There are reports of some displaced persons on the island, who are expected to return home on 12 April.
Warning systems – implemented after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami – were successful in alerting authorities and communities of a potential tsunami, allowing smooth evacuations of areas at risk.
Sources:BBC; Reuters; PTWC

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