A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a 8.6-magnitude earthquake hit waters off Indonesia on Wednesday. Tremors were felt in Kolkata and Chennai also.
Earthquake and tsunami experts say that quake was horizontal and not vertical, lessening the threat of tsunamis. The National Disaster Management Authority in India said that there was no likelihood of tsunami being formed anywhere in the Indian Ocean.
The US Geological Survey said the 8.6-magnitude quake was centered 20 miles (33 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor around 269 miles (434 kilometers) from Aceh’s provincial capital.
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.