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UPDATED: 09:32, December 27, 2004
Massive earthquake, tsunamis kill over 10,000 in Asia
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A massive earthquake rocked parts of Asia Sunday, triggering a series of tsunamis and massive waves and killing over 10,000 people in southern India, over 1,000 peoplein Sri Lanka, over 150 in Indonesia and 100 in Thailand.

Photo:Tidal waves sweep Phuket,Thailand
Tidal waves sweep Phuket,Thailand
The powerful earthquake, measuring 8.1 at the Richter Scale by Indonesia Meteorological and Geological Bureau, hit many parts of the provinces of North Sumatera and Aceh in Indonesia around 08:00 (local time) Sunday.

According to the IMGB, the center of the quake was in Molabo, Aceh, the country's westernmost province, at 3.6 degrees of North latitude and 96.28 degrees of east longitude.

In addition to the dead, hundreds of other people were reportedmissing elsewhere in the region.

In Indonesia, at least 60 people have been killed after the strong earthquake rocked Aceh province in Indonesia Sunday morning."The casualty could be higher as the authorities still search for other victims," local online reports said.

At least ten people were found dead in Banda Aceh, the capital city of the province, which is near the sea.

According to the chief of district of Bireun named only Mustopa,the dead were found spread across the district. "We keep searchingthe bodies," he said.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who had been visiting the victims of recent earthquake in Nabire district, in Papua province, had ordered authorities to handle the natural disaster and asked some ministers to visit the affected area, the state spokesman Andi Mallarangeng said.

Over 1,000 people were killed and hundreds were missing on Sunday in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh in southIndia when the earthquake rocked parts of Asia triggering tidal waves and flash floods which unleashed a swathe of destruction.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil said in Delhi that over 800 people were killed in Tamil Nadu alone and 200 in Andhra Pradesh.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday voiced concern overthe earthquake and tidal waves that hit Andaman and Nicobar islands and the country's east coast, according to Indo-Asian NewsService (IANS).

The navy has been placed on full alert and rescue and relief operations are under way in the worst-hit Andman and Nicobar as well as the coastal areas of West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, officials in the prime minister's office (PMO) told media.

The tremors were triggered by aftershocks of a huge quake with its epicenter off Indonesia's Sumatra island that measured over 8.5 on the Richter scale, said the prime minister's office.

Sunday's quake was the third to hit Indonesia after Nabire in Papua on Nov. 26 which killed 17 people and Alor in East Nusa Tenggara on Nov. 12, which killed at least 27 people.

The US Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Cetnerput the tremor at 8.5, which would make it one of the largest in history.

Source: Xinhua

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