Major 8.1 magnitude quake strikes southwest of Indonesia – USGS: probable tsunami. This is a shallow quake and thus, quite capable of creating a tsunami. The biggest city in the possible tsunami zone is Padang. It is sheltered by a string of islands so I don’t know how much this will help prevent a tsunami. Just as I predicted when I first published this story this morning: TSUNAMI WARNING JUST ISSUED FOR PADANG AND COASTAL ISLANDS as of 8:47 EST.
Here is a shot of the lay of the land in this town. It is very flat and has lots of businesses and homes. Even a ten foot tsunami which is very small, would flood much of this land.
Finally, it has shown up on the earthquake monitor:
To be safe, the coast should evacuate. In the past this last year, 6.2 quakes nearer to land caused tsunami panics. But the real dangers are from earthquakes much further in the ocean plate areas where a sudden rise in the sea bed causes a hump of water to rush away from the epicenter in all directions which is why this quake is so dangerous, this water can hit Madagascar, the Kenya coast, Sri Lanka, Southern India just like the famous Sri Lanka, Tsunami 2004.
A reminder of how this hammers Indonesia: 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami – YouTube[yyoutube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDOuwMj7Xzo]
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