Myanmar monitoring a possible tsunami wave as quake hit Indonesia

| Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:09
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Tsunami wave

Nay Pyi Taw: Myanmar's Earthquake Committee on Thursday has continued monitoring a possible tsunami wave in its coastal areas after Indonesia was hit by a 7.9-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday.

Myanmar's Meteorology and Hydrology Department said it is working closely with its counterparts of Indonesia and Australia, keeping constant watch on the situation in order to issue warning timely, Xinhua news agency reported.

A shallow aftershock, measuring 5.8 magnitude, jolted West Sumatra in Indonesia on Thursday morning.

(Also: Tsunami alert issued after quake hits Indonesia)

The quake came at 07:10 a.m. Jakarta time with epicentre at 598 km southwest Mentawai islands and with the depth at 10 km under sea bed, Xinhua quoted an official as saying.

Previously another aftershock with 5.2 magnitude also hit the area at 23:08 p.m. Jakarta time on Wednesday with epicentre at 440 km southwest the islands and with the depth at 198 km under sea bed, the official said.

The massive earthquake struck off the Indonesian Island of Sumatra which was once a region devastated by the Indian Ocean quake and tsunami in 2004 that killed a total of killing 230,000 people across 14 affected countries.

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