Tsunami in Aceh: these waves cannot be surfed

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a tsunami warning for the entire Indian Ocean and individual countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India, after a 8.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia.


Citizens living near the coast in six Thai provinces were ordered to higher ground. The quake struck 308 miles (500 km) southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island, at a depth of 20.5 miles (33 km).

In the Indonesian province of Aceh power is down and sirens warned of the danger. People are already moving to higher grounds. In the city of Bangalore, in India, office workers are leaving buildings. The port of Chennai closed down because of the danger of a tsunami.

On the 26th December 2004, an earthquake of 9.1 magnitude developed huge tsunami waves that crashed into Sumatra and killed 170,000 people. In the entire 13 Indian Ocean countries, more than 230,000 residents lost their lives.

Tsunami waves cannot be surfed. Learn more about tsunami waves.
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