Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chile Quake doesn't affect Indonesia

In the wake of the 8.8 magnitude Earthquake that hit and killed more than 200 people in Chile early Saturday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii, USA, has issued a Tsunami Warning across the Asia Pacific region.

In reaction to this alert, authorities in Japan, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Island, Australia and New Zealand have have warned citizens living in the coastlines of their countries about the possibility of giant killer waves caused by the earthquake in Chile.

Meanwhile, according to the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology & Geophysics Agency, the said warning does not include Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, because it is located very far away from the epicenter of the earthquake i.e. in Chile.

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Considering Indonesia has been frequently struck by earthquake including the 2004 Tsunami in Aceh that killed more than 200,000 people, I hope that our authorties would always pay serious attention to any tsunami warnings issued by the international tsunami center.

7 comments:

colson said...

Fortunately for once fate didn't hit Indonesia.

Interesting fact: though the earthquake was 8.9 (Richter) the casualties were moderate ( some 300 people died according to most recent reports)- relatively speaking.

This is due, some experts report, to Chilean earthquake prone building.

Isn't this a reason to ask Chile, alongside countries like Japan, to ask for expert advice?

WorldmedTourism said...

This is most wonderful article

Muklis said...

Hi I know your blog from my friend Halocoy, greeting from Tangerang, I dont know what happen with this earth, from Haiti to Chile and isue about it will come to Indonesia??? And now Indonesia craying again with Ciwedey, what wrong?

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

The loss of life was contained to a couple of hundred because of stronger building codes in Chile, compared to Haitai, Samoa amd earlier in Indonesia.

New Zealanders were warned away from the eastern coastline, and wer given a benign look at how tsunamis operate. People in the north saw water sucked out of the small harbours, saw the harbour beds, and watched the water pour back in with the force of hundreds kilometres of water. They could then imagine what happened in Chile, Haiti,Samoa and Indonesia previously. It was an educational program for what could happen if we have a major earthquake here, especially in the Cook Strait area here in Wellington.

H. Nizam said...

@Colson,
Yes, fortunately.
You are right that we should learn from the Chile and Japan how to anticipate earthquake and tsunami
therefore prevent greater losses.


@WorldmedTourism,
Thank you for the kind words.


@Muklis,

It's good to know you, and thank you for your comment.
So many natural disasters have plagued the world especially Indonesia. Many people say that it's because we do not care for nature, for example the land in Ciwidey is supposed to be protected Forrest transformed into tea plantation, and other things.


@Peter/Kiwi Riverman,
I agree with you that one reason why human casualties has been limited in Chile because they imposed strict regulations like building codes, etc.
Authorities in Indonesia should never stop socializing about tsunami to citizens living in the coastal area that neighbors with the Pacific and Indian oceans.

umihoney said...

It is better safe than sorry.No harm to warn the people of impending disaster.

H. Nizam said...

@Umihoney,
Yes, better choose a safe way now rather than sorry later.