A powerful 8.6 magnitude earthquake and strong aftershocks struck off Indonesia on Wednesday, sending people as far away as southern India scurrying from buildings and raising fears of a disastrous tsunami as in 2004.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage in Aceh, the Indonesian province closest to the initial earthquake. But an aftershock of almost the same magnitude, less deep that the first quake, hit soon after he finished speaking.
The first quake struck at 0838 GMT and an 8.2 magnitude aftershock just over two hours later, at 1043 GMT. Two more strong aftershocks hit later.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued fresh tsunami warnings for the entire Indian Ocean after the aftershocks. Authorities in Indonesia said there were reports of sea-levels rising off Aceh, but by less than a metre (3.3 feet).
Tsunami victims look through albums for their photographs, which were washed away by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, at an assembly house in temporary compounds in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, February 20, 2012.
The massive March 11 tsunami that levelled buildings and flattened towns along a wide swathe of northern Japan, including Ofunato, also took a more subtle toll, with hundreds of thousands of photographs lost to the churning waters. Picture taken February 20, 2012. [REUTERS/Toru Hanai]
Have you seen this little girl?
A Reuters photographer is trying to track down a young survivor of the Japan earthquake and tsunami nearly one year after the March 11 tragedy.
"This picture was taken in Koriyama Sports Complex around midnight on March 12th, 2011," photographer Kim Kyung-Hoon writes. "I would be very grateful if anyone reading this article could give me any information about her."
Kyung-Hoon writes: “In a rush to file the picture, I left the scene in a hurry without asking for her personal information such as name, age and where she came from. Asking questions at such a time of confusion would not have resulted in answers from the stunned evacuees; they didn’t even seem to be able to talk.”
If you know anything about this young survivor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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